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Breed Standard

Australian Silky Terrier


FCI-Standard N° 236 / 09. 08. 1999 / GB

ORIGIN : Australia.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 3 Terriers. Section 4 Toy Terriers. Without working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : The dog is compact, moderately low set, of medium length with a refined structure but of sufficient substance to suggest the ability to hunt and kill domestic rodents. It should display Terrier characteristics, embodying keen alterness, activity and soundness. The parted, straight silky hair presents a well-groomed appearance.

HEAD : Of moderate length, slightly shorter from the tip of the nose to between the eyes than from the same position to the occiput. The head must be strong and of Terrier character, being moderately broad between the ears.

Skull : Flat and without fullness between the eyes, with fine silky top-knot, not falling over the eyes, (a long fall of hair on the foreface or cheeks is very objectionable).

Nose : Black.
Lips : Tight and clean.
Jaws/Teeth : Strong jaws, teeth even and not cramped, the upper incisors fitting closely over the lower (scissor bite).
Eyes : Shall be small, round, not prominent, dark as possible in colour with a keen intelligent expression.
Ears : Should be small, V-shaped with fine leather, set high on the skull, pricked, and entirely free from long hair.

NECK : Medium length, refined and slightly crested, fitting gracefully into the shoulders. Well covered with long silky hair.

BODY : Should be moderately long in proportion to the height of the dog.
Topline : Level. A topline showing a roach or dip is a serious fault.
Loin : Strong.
Chest : Of moderate depth and breath.
Ribs : Extending back to loins.

TAIL : Preferably docked, set on high and carried erect but not over-gay. Should be free of feathering.


The forlegs have refined, round bone and are straight and set well under the body with no weakness in the pasterns.
Shoulders : Fine and well laid back, fitting with well angulated upper arms snugly to the ribs.
Elbows : Turned neither in nor out.

Thighs : Must be well developed.
Stifles : Should be well turned.
Hocks : Well bent. When viewed from the behind the hocks should be well let down and parallel with each other.

FEET : Small, well padded, cat-like with closely knit toes, the toenails must be black or very dark.

GAIT / MOVEMENT : The movement should be free and true without slackness at shoulders or elbows, there should be no turning in or out of the feet or pasterns. The hindquarters should have strong propelling power with ample flexibility at stifles and hocks. Viewed from behind the movement should be neither too close nor too wide.


HAIR : Must be flat, fine and glossy and of a silky texture with a length of coat from 13 to 15 centimetres (5 to 6 inches) from behind the ears to the set on of the tail, but must not impede the dog’s action. The legs from pasterns and hocks to feet free from long hair.

COLOUR : Blue and tan or grey-blue and tan, the richer the colour the better. Blue on the tail to be very dark. Silver blue or fawn top-knot desirable. Distribution of blue and tan as follows : tan around the base of the ears, muzzle and on the sides of the cheeks; blue from the base of the skull to tip of tail, running down the forelegs to near the pasterns and down the thighs to the hocks; tan line showing down the stifles and from the pasterns and hocks to the toes and around the vent. The body colour must be free from smut or dark shading. Black colouring is permissible in puppies, blue colour must be established by 18 months of age.

Height : approximately 23 centimetres (approx. 9 inches) at the withers, bitches slightly less.
Weight : desirable weight from 3.5 to 4.5 kilograms (approx.8-10 lbs.)

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.