In case you were having trouble deciding between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Australian Terrier, you’re in luck! The Silky Terrier was developed during the 1800s in Australia when these two terriers were crossed in attempt to improve on coat color in the Australian Terrier. The Silky Terrier eventually became a separate breed with its own set of standards. It has the longer silky coat of a Yorkie but the larger body of the Australian Terrier, to whom it is more closely related. Only the staunchest curmudgeon could resist the charms of this joyful and friendly little dog. They are devoted family companions and their portable size makes them perfect sidekicks for travel and play. Their long, satiny coat does require frequent brushing and bathing between romps.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.