We have in the past added names to our waiting list for puppies,
however, we found after contacting those on our waiting list
they had found a puppy elsewhere.
We now only hold prospective new owners on a waiting list with a deposit
on a puppy.
If you are looking for an Australian Silky Terrier puppy
Please check our
"Litters" page and
"Upcoming Litters" page
to see if there are any puppies available.
MALE OR FEMALE?
Most families lean toward a female, therefore, the girls are always the first to go
and are often sold even before the litter is born.
Having both girls and boys, we don't have a preference,
have found the boys are always more affectionate
than the girls. I'm often told by prospective owners
"Girls are cleaner than boys"...Not
We have found the boys so much easier to house-train than girls.
Girls can be outside all day, come in at night and pee right in front of you.
Once trained, boys are just as clean as the girls.
Available puppies will be listed on our 'Litters' page and will show the
Date of Birth along with when they are able to leave to go to their new homes.
Our puppies are wormed at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks, have had their
at 7 weeks, thoroughly vet checked, microchipped and registered with Dogs NSW.
All our puppies come with pedigree papers.
We as memebers of DOGS NSW are bound by a code of ethics
and are not permitted to sell puppies without papers.
Every pup we breed must be registered so please don`t ask
us for a cheaper puppy without papers. As the registration
costs are minimal, any breeder willing to offer this is up
to something...like breeding their bitch more often than the twice in two
years allowed or just not registering some of their litters,
or maybe the parents aren`t registered at all!
Any reputable registered breeder will provide papers with their
purebred puppy! Buyer beware!!
We implant our puppies with mini microchips prior to going to their new home.
The "minichip" is 40% smaller than the standard 12 mm x 2.12 mm microchip.
The 8.5 mm x 1.4mm RFID transponders are less invasive and due to size and weight less likely
to migrate around the body. We feel these are more suitable for a small breed.
Microchips are listed on the NSW Companion Animals Register
at time of chipping.
The new owner is then required to take the paperwork to their local council
to have that chip registered into their name.
Puppies are given a C3 vaccination at around seven weeks of age, protecting against Parvovirus,
Canine Distemper and Canine Hepatitis requiring two more at 10-12 weeks and 14 - 16 weeks.
A series of three vaccines is given because puppies who have nursed on
their mother's milk have received maternal antibodies which block
the effectiveness of a vaccine.
As we don`t know when the levels have dropped anough to allow a full immune response to
vaccination we do three at approximately four week intervals to give the puppy the best
chance of protection during this time. By as early as six weeks 25% of puppies have a strong
immune response to vaccines
and by 14 - 16 weeks of age the maternal antibodies have fallen
enough to allow a full immune response in over 90% of puppies.
A booster one year after the last puppy vaccine is given. Studies have shown immunity for
years after the inital booster.
Vets may recommend yearly boosters but this is becoming a thing of the past
and although a titre may cost more than the vaccine it eliminates
over vaccination and the associated health effects.
Vaccines are also available for leptospirosis for those living in areas
prone to the disease and also corona virus and
kennel cough. All puppies leaving at eight weeks come with one C3 vaccination.
All puppies go to their new homes with:
*Health Certification (Vet immunisation card),
*A comprehensive puppy pack, including diet and general care information,
to ensure you have all the information you need for a new puppy.
* Free Vet insurance covering puppy for the first 6 weeks of his/her life with you.
*The puppy's pedigree papers from Dogs NSW.
*A rug with the familiar smells of his/her litter-mates.
Your puppy will be clean, happy and healthy, well socialised
and free from parasites and diseases.
To ensure that the puppy chosen is suited to the new owners'
situation we encourage the prospective new owners to
visit their new puppy (by appointment only) as he/she matures.
This lessens the stress on the puppy when going to their new home.
He/she will be more familiar with their new family and will be
predominantly only dealing with new their new surroundings.
We can arrange for transport to interstate homes at the new owners' expense.
We do, however, delay their departure until puppy is 10-12 weeks of age,
instead of the usual 8 weeks. We feel at 8 weeks puppy can become stressed by
being exposed to long air travel times.
Many of the "designer breeds" - as they are popularly known
come from 'Puppy Farms', 'Puppy Mills',
or whatever you want to call them. They are all one and the same.
While all designer puppies are cute and cuddly, the mixture
of breeds and the genes the individual puppy picks up from the
parents will denote health, looks and personality of the puppy.
You basically have no idea what you're going to end up with.
Families buying the puppy as allergy free pet can be just as disappointed
when the puppy does not turn out to be allergy-free at all.
'Designer Breeds' are not a breed of dog - they are mixed breeds
(mongrels as they can also be known) of a very questionable
background as to health and certainly have no standard or type.
The 'oodle' part of these breeds can range from miniature poodle,
to standard poodle, for a start.
o responsible registered breeder will provide a puppy or dog
to a designer breeder or puppy farmerand do not allow their pups
to be sold without assessing the suitability of any
prospective buyer as the puppy’s new owner. Responsible
breeders also have well-established codes of ethics and provide
very high standards of care for their animals.
A pedigree, issued by a State Contolling Body is just as important
for pet puppies as it is for show puppies.
"Designer Puppies" or "Puppy Farm Puppies" come from mothers
who are kept in tiny cages and forced to overbreed, which can
cause terrible pain and suffering. They are never patted,
walked or shown love in any way; they are simply money-making machines
One of the more obvious ways to recognise a puppy farm is by how
they are selling their dogs: wholesale to pet shops, via
newspaper classifieds and online pet sites. They usually won't
provide a street address and don't allow you to visit and view
the puppies at the breeding facility. Instead, they'll arrange
to meet somewhere away from the puppy farm site. They will
sell to anyone, without first assessing if the new owners are
suitable or not.
Puppies being bred in cages at a puppy farm
No matter which breed you are drawn to, you should find
a registered breeder to purchase your puppy from.
Then you will know for certain, exactly what you are getting.
CHOOSING A PUPPY
Looking For an Australian Silky Terrier?
Your selection of a reputable breeder from whom to purchase your puppy is the
most important step you can take in ensuring that you have a better chance of getting a healthy,
temperamentally sound puppy and one who has a better than average chance of staying that way.
Many dogs of all breeds are the result of irresponsible breeders and/or irresponsible puppy
sales. This information may help you avoid common mistakes when choosing an Australian
Silky Terrier breeder. In this information you will find questions to ask yourself.
You should be able to answer all of them affirmatively before you begin your search.
Questioning breeders on health items should not anger them.
They should provide you with
written documentation of the testing they say they have done and should be pleased
that you care about the future health of your puppy and should also take care to ensure
that each and every one of their puppies is going to a suitable, loving home. Likewise
being able to provide information on the puppy's heritage and health of that heritage is equally
important. You may even be lucky enough to be able to view grandparents of the puppy,
as well as the parents.
HOW TO FIND AN AUSTRALIAN SILKY TERRIER PUPPY AND A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER
When shopping for a home, it's about location, location, location. When
shopping for a pup, it's about breeder, breeder, breeder!
Dogs are living creatures that will hopefully be with
us for 10 - 15 years.
How Do You Identify A Responsible Breeder?
The information listed below is a guide to assist you to ensure that the
breeder you choose is responsible. Look for a breeder who, at a minimum, does the
* Obviously loves their dogs and their puppies, ensures that the wellbeing of
both is paramount in all that they do and also that the improvement of the breed is part of their
* Has obviously well loved adult dogs who appear happy and healthy, are excited
to meet new people, and happy to demonstrate Silky love to visitors.
* Shows you where the dogs spend most of their time, which should be a clean,
well- maintained area with plenty of space for the dogs to run and play naturally, not couped up
in tiny or small areas, in over-crowded situations, whether rural or urban.
* Invites you to spend time with the puppy and puppy's
parents (and where possible, grandparents) when you visit. Note - wear old clothes if you
intend to spend time with the breeder's dogs because Silkies are an exuberantly friendly
* Is happy to provide any information about puppy, puppy's parents and the
* Has a clear understanding and is able to provide you with information
about the breed, it's history, attributes and faults in every area.
* Is happy to chat with you about her breeding programme and principles and
what she wants to achieve with same.
*Is able to show you where puppies are born, raised and cared for and will
show consideration for the mothers and their babies, and protect them from stressful situations
when the babies are young.
* Does not allow the puppy to leave its mother or the litter
before 8 to 10 weeks of age, preferably.
* Explains in detail the potential genetic problems inherent in Silkies
and provides documentation that the puppy's parents and grandparents have been tested
to ensure that they are free of these genetic problems.
* Offers guidance for caring and training your puppy and is available for
assistance after you take your puppy home. Assists with preparing for the arrival of your
puppy and encourages you to keep in contact and to come back to them with regular updates and/or
if there are any questions or problems with the puppy at any time in its
life. A responsible breeder will be responsible forever.
* Is willing to provide references from other families who have purchased
puppies if you ask.
* Does not always have puppies available, and keeps a well screened waiting
list, regardless of the number of dogs owned or litters produced.
* Encourages multiple visits from you and your family, and keeps you involved
and updated while puppy matures to going home age.
* Protects the well-being and safety of their dogs and puppies at all times.
* Respects the rules and regulations agreed to by breeders registered with
Canine Associations and operates according to local govenment regulations.
* Is more involved in their own endeavours and not prone to gossiping about
other breeders or show-homes.
* If you have encountered other happy families who have one of the breeder's
dogs, it's the best recommendation you could possibly want, but that is not always the
case. Sometimes you have to find a breeder for yourself.
It may cost a little more to buy from the more responsible
breeders but 'it will only take one costly visit to the vet with an
unhealthy puppy to make up the difference in price'.
There are so many decisions to make prior to getting a new dog.
First you must decide the breed, the place you will purchase the dog from,
if you should choose a male or female, as well as decide if a puppy or an adult dog is right
for you. Taking the time to make these decisions is important for both you and your pet.
In making a decision between an adult and a puppy, there are several
questions you should ask yourself:
· How comfortable are you in training a puppy?
· How much time do you have to set aside for training?
· Can you spend time with the puppy for the majority of the day and night?
· Do you have patience to work with young animals?
The following sections will discuss the positive aspects and the difficulties
of purchasing a puppy or an adult dog. Thinking your options through will help you determine the
best choice given your situation and environment.
Puppies are great for families and individuals that want to spend time with
the young dog, to bring it up and train it specifically as the family wants and needs.
Raising a puppy allows the owners to provide the training and socialization to make the
puppy into a happy, healthy and well-behaved dog.
Purchasing a puppy from a reputable breeder or shelter ensures
that the dog will be with the family for the longest possible time, as the owners can provide
proper care, nutrition, and veterinary treatment for the life of the dog.
Watching the puppy playing with its littermates may also give an
indication as to its temperament as an adult dog. Puppies in the litter that tend to be more
aggressive and assertive are more likely to be independent, and potentially more difficult to
train as they grow. The puppies that stay more isolated are usually more quiet and shy as adult
dogs, and may have difficulty socializing
and interacting with strangers and in strange situations.
If you have made the decision that a dog or a puppy from one of these
breeds is the best choice of a pet for you and your family, your next decision is where to
buy the animal. There are a wide range of options to consider when determining where to get
your dog or puppy. Depending on the type of puppy that you would like (if you want to use the
dog for breeding or showing or not), and how long you are willing to wait for a dog or puppy
will probably influence which option is best for you.
A rescue shelter is a good option to get an adult dog that is going to
be a companion animal for you and your family.
Usually the shelter will allow you to spend some time with the dogs
that they have for adoption and purchase, and this will give you time to check on their
temperament and behavior.
Often shelters will agree to take the animal back if it does not adjust
to your home or family. Many of the adult dogs from the shelter are already trained, and
this can be an asset when you do not want to go through the training
When getting a dog from a shelter be sure to check the following:
· Ask for any information available about the dog.
· Make sure the animal has had a complete check-up and that the vaccinations
are up to date.
· Ask if the dog has any behavioral issues or other concerns such as eating
· Does the dog appear healthy and energetic?
· Will the rescue shelter allow you to spend time with the dog prior to
taking it home?
· What is the policy on spaying or neutering the animal?
· Can you return the dog if, for some reason, the adoption does not work
out as planned?
Drawback to rescue shelter dogs
There are some drawbacks to getting a dog from a shelter:
· The dog may have learned bad or negative behaviors and will have to be
· You have limited choice over the breeding, size and gender of the dogs
· You have little information on their lineage or medical history.
Shelters are more likely to have adult dogs than puppies.
Most animals will have to be neutered before leaving the shelter, or you
will have to agree to neuter or spay the animal.
There are major concerns when buying a puppy at a pet store. It is
against kennel control rules for a breeder to sell registered puppies to pet stores, so
often the purebred puppies offered are from puppy mills.
These puppy mills are kennels that simply breed dogs to produce
large quantities of saleable puppies, rather than trying to selectively breed to
specifications and positive attributes of the breed. Often these purebred puppies
will not be show quality, and the buyer will not learn of this until they attempt
to register or show the dog. Unless you are familiar with the top lines of the breed,
it is difficult to know a good quality purebred from a poor quality or line.
The second concern is that there may only be one puppy of a breed to
choose from. This limits your ability to compare the puppy with littermates or other
puppies of the same breed. Puppies in pet stores are also stressed, as they are away
from their home environment. They may be exposed to different pet diseases, and will
need a thorough vet examination as soon as possible after
While probably the most expensive choice, buying a puppy or
dog from a breeder is generally the best option if you want a purebred puppy
from a reputable line.
Most breeders offer a guarantee of health, as well as detailed
information on the breed.
A breeder will often interview you as a potential owner,
and may even want to come and visit your home before agreeing to sell a puppy.
They will often provide recommendations on food, veterinarians in
the area, trainers, problematic issues with the breed, as well as other points of interest.
Most breeders will also discuss issues with spaying or neutering the pets, unless it is agreed
upon that the puppy will be a show dog or future breeding stock.
Before visiting a breeder, it is important to ask for information on the
line of dogs that they are breeding, as well as any relevant health information on the parents.
Do some research both on the breed and on the line the puppies are bred from. Calling other
kennels that are breeding the same type of dogs or contacting the breed association may be
Getting this information prior to visiting the breeder is essential as
it is all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of getting a new puppy. Make
sure that the Kennel Club in your country or location recognizes the breeder. Ask for
information on shows or events that the breeder has participated in and where his/her
dogs have been entered. If the breeder is unable or unwilling to provide this information,
it may be wise to consider trying another breeder.
Be aware that puppies from championship lines may be difficult to
purchase and you may have to wait for a puppy. Good breeders will not produce litter after
litter; rather they will breed their dogs based on the health and well being of the female.
Purchasing a puppy from a breeder is the option that allows you to know
the temperament and lineage of the parent dogs, as well as the medical background of the
puppy. It also insures that you will get a quality animal that can be shown or bred if desired.
FINDING A GOOD BREEDER
Being a dog breeder is not like being a doctor, lawyer or teacher;
there are no set training or educational requirements to the job. Rather the health,
temperament and adherence to breed standards or their animals are the measure by which
a breeder is judged.
Most breeders have a genuine love for their animals, and breed them
responsibly and in the best interests of the individual animals – as well as the breed
as a whole. After all, breeders' reputations are based on the ability of the puppies
they sell to develop into champions of the breed. Unfortunately, as with most things,
there are those who consider themselves breeders who are more interested in making money
than raising dogs.
In order to get the puppy that you want and to be satisfied with the
dog both now and in the future it is important to do some research on the breeder that
you are considering.
WHY GET A PUPPY FROM A BREEDER?
Purchasing your puppy from a breeder provides you with:
· Peace of mind as to the medical background of the puppy's
parents in current and past generations.
· Quality assurance that the puppy that you purchase will meet
breed standards and specifications.
· Support in understanding and working with the breed of your choice.
· Advice as to vaccination regimes, medical concerns associated
with the breed, local trainers and handlers, and other questions you may have.
The breeder's role is to continue to choose dogs to breed
that will enhance the most desirable characteristics of the breed, and minimize any
undesirable characteristics. They will usually be active in showing animals, and will
be very aware of the current trends in the breed, so they will be actively pursuing
the breed standards.
In addition to being aware of current and future trends, a good
breeder will also be aware of the history and lineage of each individual dog that
they have, and will be aware of any potential problems in breeding into another line.
WHAT SHOULD YOU ASK A BREEDER?
Breeders that are concerned about advancing the breed, and who
care for each of the puppies they have will be more than happy to answer any
questions you may have. They will, in fact, probably want to ask you several of
their own before deciding if you are right for their puppy.
As the buyer you should consider getting the following information
from the breeder:
· Does the breeder have a contract to purchase that clearly outlines
the guarantee of health and a return or refund policy?
. Does the breeder know or has he/she worked with both the parents
of the puppy?
· Can the breeder provide a lineage chart (or pedigree) for the puppy tracing
back several generations?
· Will the breeder let you see the other animals in the kennel
and is the kennel clean, well maintained and animal friendly?
· Are you allowed to see other adult dogs and puppies that the
breeder owns socialize together?
· Does the breeder limit the amount that you handle the pups?
· Does the local, state or national breed organization or club
recognize the breeder?
· How often does the breeder allow the female and male to breed
A good breeder will be concerned with the safety and health of
the puppies, and will only allow serious buyers to handle the puppies. If you are
just enquiring about the breed you may be able to see them from a distance and may
be able to interact with the adult dogs. A breeder may also limit how long you are
in the kennel with the puppies at any given time, even if you are a serious buyer.
WHAT SHOULD A BREEDER ASK YOU?
Many people who are buying a puppy from a breeder for the first
time feel a bit overwhelmed by the information that the breeder requests.
It can seem rather gruelling! This is done to ensure that the puppy will be properly
cared for and treated once it is sold.
Answering the breeder's questions and making any recommended
changes in your arrangements will increase your chances of obtaining a puppy.
The breeder may typically ask the following:
· What is your home and yard like? The breeder may ask to come and
visit your home, just as you are visiting the kennel or the breeder's home.
· What are your intentions for the dog? The breeder may require
that you spay or neuter the dog, or only breed to animals that they approve
· They may ask for a history of your pets, and may require you
to sign an agreement regarding how you will train, use or show the dog.
· They may ask the situation and schedule of your family, and
may want to know how many people will interact with the dog, and how old any children
are in the family.
· The breeder may require that you train the puppy at a particular
trainer, or using a particular method.
· The breeder may require that you return the dog to them before
selling or giving the dog to someone else, in the event that it does not work out for
you to keep the dog.
The more information that you know about the breeder and the breed,
and the more information the breeder knows about you, the better the match will be.
Discuss your concerns or issues with the breeder, and take the time to do some research
before making the first visit. Attending some dog shows or events may help you to determine
which breeder you would like to work with.
last, but not least ......
PUPPIES & KIDS
Australian Silky Terriers are a playful breed and generally have the patience for young
children, however, children do need to be taught to be gentle with the dog, particularly
whilst still young.
With any dog, young children need
to be supervised, particularly unruly children. Early socialization and obedience
training of both puppy and child are important.