As Set By The
Australian National Kennel Council
Last Updated: May, 2009.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: This 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.
The parted, straight silky hair presents a well-groomed appearance.
CHARACTERISTICS: The Australian Silky Terrier should
terrier characteristics, embodying keen alertness,
activity and soundness.
TEMPERAMENT - (See under Characteristics).
HEAD AND SKULL: 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; the skull flat and without fullness between the eyes,
fine silky top-knot, not falling over the eyes,
(a long fall of hair on the foreface or cheeks is very objectionable). Nose black.
EYES: Shall be small, oval never round or 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.
MOUTH: Strong jaws, teeth even and not cramped,
the upper incisors fitting closely over the lower
Lips tight and clean.
NECK: Medium length, refined, slightly crested, fitting gracefully
into the shoulders.
Well covered with long silky hair.
FOREQUARTERS: Shoulders fine, well laid back, fitting with well
angulated upper arms snugly to ribs. Elbows turned neither in nor out.
The forelegs have refined, round bone and are straight and set well under
the body with no weakness in the pastern.
BODY: Should be moderately long in proportion to the height of
the dog. Level top-line at all times (both standing and moving),
well sprung rips extending back to strong loins.
Chest of moderate depth and breadth.
A top line showing a roach or dip is a serious fault.
HINDQUARTERS: The thighs must be well developed and the stifles
should be well turned and the hocks well bent. When viewed from behind
hocks should be well let down and parallel with each other.
FEET: Small well padded, cat-like, with closely knit toes;
toenails must be black or very dark.
Set on high and carried erect,
but not over-gay. Should be free of feathering.
The first three vertebrae to be carried erect, the balance to be
carried erect or slightly curved, but not over-gay. Must not be curled.
The length to give an overall balanced appearance.
In accordance with the docked description the undocked tail to be free of feathering.
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
COAT: Must be flat, fine and glossy and of a silky texture
The length of coat MUST NOT
be so long as to impede the dog's action and should
allow daylight to be seen under the dog.
All shades of
Tan are acceptable;
the richer these colours and more clearly defined the better.
Silver and white not acceptable.
on tail to be very dark.Silver-blue or
fawn top-knot desirable.
blue and tan
Tan around the base of the ears,
muzzle and on the sides of the cheeks; blue
from the base of the skull to the tip of tail,
running down the forelegs to near the knees and down the thighs to the hocks;
tan line showing down the stifles and from
the knees and hocks
to the toes and around the vent.
The body colour must be free from tan or bronzing. Tan markings must be free from smuttiness.
Black colouring is permissible in puppies,
blue colour must be established by 18 months of age.
SIZE: Height: Approximately
23 - 26cm [approx.9 -10 inches]
at the withers, bitches can be slightly less.
Weight: In proportion to height.
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.