Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 3 - terriers.
Given its obvious resemblance to the "York Shire", it is assumed that the Silky Terrier was selected by English subjects of this breed imported into Australia.
Compact dog, built moderately low, of medium length, with finely drawn lines, but with a substance sufficient to remember that it is capable of hunting and killing rodents of the house.
Very lively and playful canine. Excellent companion and excellent home dog, also suitable for being with children and always in contact with the family.
Height: males: about 23 cm.
Females are slightly smaller.
Weight: from 3.5 to 4.5 kg (highly sought after weight).
Trunk: moderately long in relation to the height at the withers. Straight back line. The back falling forward or convex constitutes a serious defect. Chest of moderate height and width. Well-belted ribs, which extend backwards. Solid lumbar region.
Head and muzzle: head of moderate length, slightly shorter from the end of the nose to a point located between the eyes than from this point at the occiput. It must be strong and terrier in character, moderately wide between the ears. Flat, unfilled skull between the eyes. Bring a toupet of fine and silky hair that does not fall on the eyes (the long hair that falls on the nasal bridge and on the cheeks is a serious defect).
Truffle: black in color.
Teeth: strong jaws, regular and misaligned teeth in the absence of space. Scissor joint.
Neck: of medium length, slightly convex, presents the pad, and fits harmoniously into the shoulders. Well covered with long and silky hair.
Eyes: must be small, round, not prominent, as dark as possible. They express a lively intelligence.
Ears: must be small, V-shaped. The pavilion is fine. Attached high on the skull, straight and completely free of long hair.
Limbs: the forelegs have a finely drawn round bone. They are straight and well arranged under the body without any weakness in the metacarpals. Fine shoulders and inclined backwards, they adapt well to the arm with a good angle and are well placed against the ribs. Elbows not closed or open. Thighs well developed. Grassella well angled. Well angled hock. Seen from behind, the hocks must be as low as possible. Small feet with good pads; cat feet with well-tightened toes. The nails should be black or as dark as possible.
Tail: preferably cut, attached high, carried high but not too cheerfully. It must not have fringes.
Hair: must be flat, fine and shiny, with a silky texture. The length of the hair goes from 13 to 15 cm from behind the ears up to the hanging of the tail, but must not hinder the dog in action. The limbs, starting from the wrists and from the hocks to the feet, are devoid of long hair.
Allowed colors: blue and tan or blue and tan gray. The more intense the color, the more it is appreciated. The blue on the tail must be very dark. To look for a toupet of silver blue or fawn color. The distribution of blue and tan is as follows: around the base of the ears, on the muzzle and the side of the cheeks; blue at the base of the skull up to the end of the tail, descending on the front limbs up to the wrists and descending along the thighs up to the hocks. The tan line descends on the grassella and goes from the wrists and hocks to the fingers. Tan color around the Great Dane. The body must be free from black spots and dark shaded spots. The black color is allowed in puppies, but the blue one must be well present around 17-18 months of age.
Most common defects: monorchidism, cryptorchidism, broken hair, dirty hair, untreated hair, incorrect gait, atypical head, colors not allowed by the standard, oversize measurement, excessive weight, shyness, depigmentation, low attached tail, light eye.
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