Feb 8, 2006, 5:49 AM
Re: [crazymouse_yyh] I wish to adopt an Australian Terrier puppy
I think KEEM is looking for Australian Terrier NOT Australian Silky Terrier.
What is the difference between a Yorkshire, Silky and Australian Terrier you may ask? Well, they are related in a way.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a dog with maximum weight of 6 pounds; it has much less muscle and body weight than a Silky Terrier, and is very refined in bone. They also have a more rounded, dome-shaped skull, large round eyes and a short muzzle. A Silky will have a longer, more wedge shape to the head with a flatter skull and an almond shape to the eye. The Australian Terrier head is very much like the Silky only a little larger and coarser. The Silky will weigh approximately 10 pounds while the Australian Terrier weighs in closer to 18 pounds.
The Yorkshire and Silky have similar coats in that it is a single coat (much like human hair). The Australian Terrier has the broken coat (coarse with undercoat) common to most terriers. The Yorkshire and Silky coats do not shed while the Australian Terrier will shed the undercoat about twice a year. The Silky and Australian Terriers have ears which stand erect on top of the head while the Yorkshire ears are erect but may flare more to each side of the head.
The Silky and Australian Terriers are quite similar in temperaments, a true terrier!! A Yorkshire is a ‘small’ terrier but does like to be a pampered ‘pillow’ dog whereas the Silky and Aussie are more independent in nature.
Below are photos at varying ages of all three for you to better be able to see the difference. At one day old, all three look very much alike except birth weight may vary with the Yorkshire being the smallest. It doesn’t take long for them to start showing the difference though – both in looks as well as temperament.
8 Weeks 6 Months Adult Head & Body
8 Weeks 5 Months Adult Head Adult Body
6 weeks Pet Yorkie Adult Head Adult Yorkie
(This post was edited by chrisong on Feb 8, 2006, 5:53 AM)