Australian terrier grooming styles

Australian terrier grooming styles DEFAULT

Silky Terrier

Although a toy in size, the Silky Terrier has a true terrier personality – he is of sufficient substance to be able to hunt and kill domestic rodents. The general public occasionally confuses this breed with the Yorkie, but in reality, the Silky is larger and more closely related to the Australian Terrier. A friendly, joyful temperament and the lovely blue and tan coat make him an ideal companion.

Breed Profile

This portable pooch can adapt well to any living situation, but make sure you have the time to devote to them – they do not like to be ignored, preferring to play fetch or go on walks with their family. Silkies are keen and energetic, so it’s best to keep them occupied. The breed must also be bathed and brushed on a regular basis.


The Silky Terrier does require regular bathing and brushing. Their coat is a single layer without any undercoat giving it a luxurious silky texture. A correct coat has a deep shine, it is cool to the touch, and it reflects light in the sunshine. This single layer coat closely resembles a human hair strand. Cleanliness is very important as dirty hair breaks easily and does not grow. In order to keep the coat and skin in good health, Silkies should be bathed and brushed out weekly or at a minimum every other week.  Even if the Silky Terrier does not have the correct silk coat texture, choosing the right products and using them correctly can give the illusion of a correct coat.

When bathing a Silky Terrier, try to minimize further tangling.  After the coat is wet, apply a moisturizing shampoo by squeezing it through the coat in a downward motion.  In order to get the coat squeaky clean, continue to move the shampoo down the coat.  Thoroughly shampooing the coat will contribute to building a healthy, strong, and manageable coat.  The same technique is used when conditioning the coat.  It is imperative that you condition the coat in order to lock in the moisture on each individual strand of hair.  Make sure you thoroughly rinse the coat.  It is a good idea to slightly cool the water temperature down for the final rinse to ensure the coat is completely free of any product.  Once the bath is finished, blot the coat with a towel and squeeze any excessive water from the coat.  Always use a downward motion to remove excess in order to keep the coat from further tangling.

It is best to systematically line dry the dog using a fluff dryer or a stand dryer if the Silky has a long coat.  Make sure the area that you are working on is completely dry all the way down to the skin before you move onto the next section.  Once the Silky is completely dry, make sure the coat is also tangle free. Double check your brush out by using a metal comb.

Finishing the Dog: Tools and Finish Grooming

The coat should be free of mats and tangles. The coat on this self-confident little dog should be light and airy, while hanging straight and moving freely with the dog.  Lightly neaten the entire outline of the dog, removing any stray hairs that interrupt the natural flow of the dog. The body should be trimmed following the outline of the body including the tuck up in the loin.  The hair is always trimmed so it is slightly off the ground. Using clippers, remove the hair on both the front and back of the ear.  Trim the edges with scissors to neaten.  Use thinning shears to trim the eyes making an upside “V” between the corner of each eye to the part between the ears.  Then use thinning shears to lightly trim the eyes to open it up and show off the beautiful eyes. The tail is easily done by placing 2 fingers on the tail bone and cutting all of the hair that goes past your fingers.  Remember the tails are not meant to look like a flag.

General Health Care

Prep work is the foundation of all grooming.  Prep work includes ear cleaning, nail trimming, trimming the pads, anal glands, and proper dental hygiene.  Master these skills sets the professional pet stylist apart from the rest.  Prep work should be done before every bathing and grooming appointment.  All dogs need to have their ears checked and cleaned on a regular basis.  Some need to have the hair plucked from the ear canal.  This allows the ear to have proper air circulation.  It is not necessary to remove all of the hair in the ear, as some serves as a barrier to foreign debris.  It is imperative that you are properly trained to pull ear hair before attempting this endeavor.  Proper nail care is also very important.  Long, unsightly nails are uncomfortable for the dog, as well as anyone they might jump on.  Long nails also compromise the shape of the foot.  Trimming the pads of the foot helps give the dog good traction on different surfaces and can minimize the amount of dirt the dog tracks into the house.  It also affords the opportunity to treat and condition the paws from cracks and abrasions.  Anal glands should also be checked and expressed if they are full.  Some caring pet owners prefer to have the anal glands done by their veterinarian. Good dental hygiene is essential for a healthy pet as well.

Nutritional Care

In order to maintain healthy skin and coat as well as overall health, it is important to provide good nutrition to your dog through a well-balanced diet, vitamins, and healthy treats.

Do they require a lot of grooming?

Silky Terrier’s do require routine grooming.  As a young dog, it is imperative that you get the dog used to regular grooming.  A full brush out 2 times a week is best with baths every 1 to 2 weeks.  Never brush a dry coat, always lightly mist with a hydrating spray.  If the Silky Terrier is kept in a shorter trim, weekly brush outs are still preferred. Routine baths ranging between 1 to 4 weeks is desirable.  This is a breed that requires their caring owner to stay on top of routine maintenance.

What is a common problem in the Silky Terrier?

One of the most common problems with the Silky Terrier is hypoglycemia.  It is more common in puppies and smaller Silkies.  An adult Silky may develop hypoglycemia, although it is much rarer. Hypoglycemia is a fast drop in blood sugar levels.  Just about every element of a puppy’s body depends on the proper balance of sugar in the bloodstream. When Hypoglycemia develops, there is only a small window of time to treat the puppy. Several factors can bring this on such as stress, lack of nutrients, and puppies who are born much smaller than average.  Some symptoms include drowsiness, shaking, fainting, confused behavior, seizures, weakness, depression, muscle weakness and tremors, and a drop in body temperature.  If any of these symptoms appear, your Silky could be in imminent danger within minutes. All small puppies should be watched very closely.  If symptoms appear, immediate medical attention is required.  It is a good idea to talk with your veterinarian about ways to prevent hypoglycemia when you take your puppy for a wellness check-up after purchasing your puppy.

Does the Silky Terrier shed or cause allergies?

Silky Terriers do not shed.  Frequent baths and brush outs also help control dander.  Because of this, the Silky Terrier tends to cause less severe reactions in people who suffer from allergies to dogs.  However, before bringing a Silky Terrier into your home if you have allergies, you should spend some time around the breed to make sure you do not have a reaction.

Are Silky Terriers good with children?

A Silky Terrier is typically not the best dog for people who have small children.  They tend to become stressed with the activity level of small children.  Silkies thrive in an environment where the children are more mature or live primarily with adults.

What if I have a show dog?

Whether you have a show dog or a companion quality dog, the same basic care is given regarding nutrition, socialization, and hygiene.  A major difference is the method of grooming that is required and the conditioning for the show ring. It is quite helpful if your breeder can help mentor you to lead you in the right direction upon entering the show ring.  A great place to start is with the national breed club like the Silky terrier Club of America,

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Australian Terrier Grooming Revisited
By: Theresa A.Goiffon

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I would like to preface this with, I am by no means an expert groomer. I have learned to groom my Australian Terrier on my own. However, over the past couple years, I have also had the privilege to have a few experienced Australian Terrier Breeders and Handlers show me a few tips as well.

This blog was created because of the many inquires I receive regarding grooming and to update my previous blog Grooming your Australian Terrier I share with you what I have learned about grooming, over the past 5 years, and what has worked best for me. 

The best way to groom your Australian Terrier, is to maintain the coat and strip away the overgrown hair. The dead hair is painlessly pulled from the dog's skin, providing a place for their new hair growth to keep their coat hardened.

The best tools to complete this task besides hand stripping with your own finger tips are as follows:

Tools Recommended:

Stripping Knives
Stripping Stone or Pumice Stone Sticks
Pin Brush and Metal Comb
Toe Nail Clipper
Thinning Shears

Rubber Tips (for your fingers)
Terrier Chalk (white powder sprinkle about 15 min prior to stripping)

Your Australian Terrier needs a bath only times a year, or if he is exceptionally dirty. 

He should be brushed every week.  A pin brush for the body, bristle brush for the face.

Always, strip in the direction of the hairs natural growth, never against.

Technique for stripping:

Brush your dog and remove any knots, pay close attention to the under arm area, the fine longer hair tends to get snarled in that area. 

If you are using your fingers, brush the top coat forward, just a bit to see the longer hairs standing up.  Pull those longer hairs in the direction of the hair growth or toward the tail. Repeat over the entire top and sides of the dog.  If using a stripping knife of stone, place it in your hand similar to a way you might peel an apple. Keep the knife level, don't angle it toward their skin.

Comb over the top hair grasping the longer hair between the comb and your thumb and pull again, in the direction of the hair growth, or toward the tail.  Do not go deep into the undercoat. If you have a bulky undercoat, you can simply comb down into the undercoat with the stripping knife to remove some of the bulk.

The feathery hair around his feet should be trimmed, and his tail and ears neatened.   Until you are comfortable with using scissors around their ears, use a small dog electric shaver for their ears.  Shave around the shape of the ears and shave the entire back of the ear in the direction of the hair growth, not against it.  It’s not correct for showing, however, it is easy and safe if you are new to grooming and in 2 weeks, you achieve the look you want.

I strip the hair on the back of their ear and use a stripping stone to smooth out the back of the ear. Make these sessions, short and happy, and do a little at a time.

Eyes should be cleaned. Check that the nails are not too long, if you do not like to trim nails your vet will be happy to do it for you. Check that his ears are clean (don’t use q-tips) and also under his tail. 

Grooming for a Show of if you want your dog to look its best:
Your breeder should give you a demonstration of show presentation if you require it. This is best done by practical demonstration, although looking at photos can help.

Top Knot: (The longer, silky hair on the top of the head)

Should be brushed forward to stand upright, but not hang in their eyes.

Ears: Short and kept free of long hair.

Ruff: (The collar, longer hair that stands out from the neck)
Brush forward and outwards.  Ruff should not be cut.

Apron: (Longer hair under the neck and on the front section of the chest)

Brushed down and encouraged to grow.

Feet: Trimmed between pads, top of feet to be stripped and cat-like.

Body Coat: Brush down carefully untangle knots and knots that form on
stomach and arm pit areas.

Eyes: Keep the hair short and plucked around eye area

Neck: Brush and groom so that the neck appears long and arched. 

Tail: (Envision the shape of a carrot, from tip being the point to the body being the thicker part)
Remove all long hairs from tail, both around the tail and behind it. So that the tail appears natural, straight and set on high.  Thinning scissors may be used to reduce the bulk of the tail.

Hindquarters: For cleanliness, keep hair short around the vent and in

case of males, around the prepuce.

Elbows: Shorten or brush down any hair at elbow which makes your dog

look out at elbows.  Sometimes it may be necessary to thin hair slightly.

Muzzle: Should be free from long hair.

The beard under the muzzle should be trimmed neatly with scissors to the

shape of the muzzle, but not too severely. 

Some general questions:

What is rolling a coat?
Rolling is removing the old layers of coat to make room for new growth. You can strip off the longest hair. This is done by pulling only about the longest third of the coat, leaving the rest for a week to two weeks depending on the dog, and then repeating until there is always new coat coming in underneath.

Is Knife or 'hands only' stripping better?
If a stripping knife is used properly, it works as well as pulling the coat only with fingers. For some, it's easier and quicker, certainly less work on your fingers. Despite the name 'knife,' it is not used to cut the hair, only to help grip it.

Looking at Australian Terrier photos can help you visualize the proper look. I hope this helps you.  If you have other questions, please never hesitate to call or email me.

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Feather Trims: This haircut sculpts the underside of long-coated breeds (Collies, Retrievers, Spaniels, etc.). The legs, chest, stomach, hind-end, and tail are trimmed to neaten the natural appearance of the dog.

Personality Cuts: This is a short body clip done on small, long-haired breed types leaving the coat only ¼ inch to ½ inch long. The head and tail are trimmed to suit the dog’s particular breed type. This haircut is selected for easier maintenance of the dog’s coat, yet is still visually appealing.

Puppy Cuts: This is primarily a hand-scissored body clip done on small, long-haired breed types leaving the coat 1 inch or longer. The Puppy Cut blends your dog’s natural look with a more refined, tidy appearance.

Strips: A total body clip that leaves the coat only ¼ inch to ½ inch in length and is done primarily on large long-coated breed types or infrequently groomed dogs. This short haircut is designed to make dogs more comfortable in hot weather, remove matting or thick undercoats, minimize shedding, and make the dog’s coat easier to maintain.

Australian Terrier - Top 10 Facts

Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier makes a delightful family pet. Highly loyal, they’re dedicated to—and demand a lot of attention from—their people.


8–17 lb


9–11 in


11–15 yr

Breed Group


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Australian Terrier History

The Australian Terrier likely hails from the breeding of many terrier breeds, namely the Yorkshire, Scottie, Norwich, Skye, Cairn, and Dandie Dinmont terriers. The breed came about to act as fearless exterminators of snakes and other small mammals.

When British settlers arrived in Australia in the 19th century, they brought their dogs with them. Lonely and removed, these settlers and their dogs came to rely on each other for company. As it turned out, this particular breed was just as ready to cuddle as they were to spend long, hard days at work.

Despite its British roots, the Terrier is Australian through and through. It was the first native breed to receive official recognition there—it was also the first Australian breed to be recognized outside of the country too. The American Kennel Club registered the breed in

Australian Terrier Traits

General Appearance

The Australian Terrier may be small in stature, but they offer boundless energy and companionship.

The breed has distinct coat furnishings around their forequarters and neck, and the plume of soft and silky hair on the top of their head is different in texture from the rest of their coat. Their dark eyes give you a glimpse into their playful personality.

Coat and Coloring

The Australian Terrier has a harsh and straight weatherproof outer coat with a short and soft undercoat. Australian Terrier’s coats are usually blue and tan, solid sandy, or solid red.

Their “topknot,” or the soft and silky plume of hair at the top of their head, is made of finer and softer hair than the rest of their coat.

Distinctive Physical Traits

The Australian Shepherd is a small and sturdy bread with pricked ears and a short tail. The “topknot” found at the top of their head is soft and silky, in contrast to the rest of their harsh coat.

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Australian Terrier Temperament

The Australian Terrier is loyal and loving, a friend to both young kids and older people. They can be bossy and demanding, so proper socialization is important. In general, though, Australian Terriers are lively and energetic, ready to play with their people, and then cuddle on the couch when playtime is over.

Australian Terrier Care


The Australian Terrier is an active breed that does best with high-quality dog food that’s suited to their particular age, as well as any additional health concerns.

As with any dog, it’s important to monitor the amount of food and treats that you give your Australian Terrier, especially since some dogs may be prone to gaining weight as they age. Your veterinarian is always a good source to help provide you with appropriate nutrition and feeding guidelines.


This breed has a harsh and weatherproof outer coat that repels dirt well, so it’s relatively easy to maintain. A once a week brushing with a brush or grooming mitt should help keep it in shape. This particular breed can also have long hairs that grow adjacent to the eyes, which can irritate the eyes if left unmanaged. Usually, the hairs can be easily plucked while grooming.

All dogs require regular dental care, including at-home teeth brushing and professional dental cleanings, and the Australian Terrier is no exception. Maintaining good dental hygiene is important for their overall long-term health.


Like most terriers, the Australian Terrier is a high-energy, active breed that requires a lot of regular exercise. When left without ways to burn off their energy, they may turn to undesirable habits, like digging.

Luckily, these dogs love spending time with their people, so activities like walks or playing fetch (in a fenced area) work well. Because the Australian Terrier has a strong urge to hunt, they should always be leashed or in a secure area when outside.


Although Australian Terriers can be stubborn, they love their people, so training is just another way for you to spend time together. They do tend to get bored easily, so it’s best to keep the sessions short.

Without proper training and socialization, Australian Terriers can develop some undesirable habits, like digging. They can also be bossy and territorial, and it may be difficult for them to share a home with other animals.

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Silky Terrier Short Haircut

Designer yorkie female haircut. The silky terrier is a small dog breed with a long fine hair coat.

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If the layers are short the overall impression is very groomed and you dont need to maintain it too often.

Silky terrier short haircut. Idea for top knot. 10 best silky terrier haircuts for your puppy. As promised below you can enjoy the collection of cute pictures for male and female hairstyles of yorkshire terriers.

See more ideas about silky terrier terrier and yorkshire terrier. Yorkshire terriers with silk coats are considered to have met show dog standards as set by the american kennel club the desirable traits is presenting a proper show groom with hair that is long straight with no waves and glossy with an almost metallic sheen. Jul 16 explore lsfrankss board silky terrier haircuts on pinterest.

They prefer spending the time they have with other activities walking outside and playing for example instead of more time for grooming and brushing. At the same time the dog is comfortable. The silky terrier is sometimes confused with the yorkshire terrier but the two are separate dog breeds with distinct traitsin fact the silky is larger than the yorkie and actually has more in common with its other relative the australian terrier.

Silky terrier short haircut for summer. It might be helpful to spring for a. Dexter is 8 years old and gets all his haircuts at home from me.

Get inspired from pictures of different short and long yorkshire terrier hairstyles. Comprehensive guide to the perfect yorkie haircuts for males and females. Silky terrier show haircut.

Female yorkie hairstyle before and after. This one is a real cutie pie. Easy grooming yorkshire terrier step by step.

Use the shears to trim the body coat a little at a time to a length that will keep her from tripping over her own fur. A short yorkie haircut is a preferred choice for the owners who do not have the time to maintain a longer cut. The hair around the toes should be kept short like a cats paw.

Top 5 dog breeds that dont shed. Layered yorkie haircut is one of the best choices for your dog. Feet and tail leaving the hair on the tail about the width of your finger.

Also see what are the most popular cuts for your pup. Yorkie hairstyles for males. Yorkie hairstyles for females.

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Yorkshire terrier animal yorkshire terrier one of my favorite dogs. Its personality is generally friendly and energetic. How to groom silky yorkie terriers.

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How to Groom a Rough-Coated Terrier

Step 1

Brush your pal a couple of times per week with a regular pin brush or a slicker brush. These brushes work well for daily grooming. They remove dirt and some loose fur that's ready to come out.

Step 2

Use a mat-breaker to help remove any mats in your buddy's fur. Fur texture makes mats somewhat common in rough-coated breeds. The weird-looking mat-breaker isn't as dangerous as scissors, and it breaks mats up to make them manageable. Scissors may be needed if the mats are severe.

Step 3

Check with an experienced groomer or your local breed club to learn how to groom your dog to his specific breed standard, if you're interested. If it's not too important, just hand strip or brush him.

Step 4

Brush small sections of hair against the natural direction of growth. This will let you see where the hairs are so you can pull them.

Step 5

Gently, yet firmly, pull out a few wire hairs at a time. The ones that are ready to come out will come naturally. You can use either your hands or a stripping knife to pull the hairs. Sometimes all the wiry hairs are removed, leaving only the fine, soft undercoat. Don't worry; the coat will grow back nice and wiry.

Step 6

Use scissors to cut away urine-soaked hair, a common problem on wiry-coated breeds.



  • Hand stripping doesn't hurt your dog when you do it correctly, but it does take a lot of time to accomplish. You -- and your pooch -- may want to break grooming into several sessions instead of doing it all in one long one. If you're uncomfortable with the idea of hand stripping your pooch, consult an experienced groomer.

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Grooming Your Silky

Grooming an Australian Silky Terrier by James W Camac


The Australian Silky Terrier is one of those breeds that most Australians would know.  Some older Australians may know them as the Sydney Silky. The straight silky long coat is one of the important features of the breed.  It may also be the feature that attracts most owners to the breed.

I first became involved in Australian Silky Terriers as a child as my parents have had the breed since So I grew up watching and learning how to maintain the coat most of my life.

As the name of this breed implies, the coat and its presentation play an important part of the breed. To ensure your Australian silky Terrier is presented correctly, it is best to thoroughly understand what makes this breed stand apart from other breeds.

The breed standard clearly sets out what a judge looks for when judging the breed.

For starters, the breed standard is the general appearance describes the coat as &#;the parted straight silky hair presents a well groomed appearance&#;. Then in the coat description of the standard, &#;the coat must be flat, fine and glossy and of silky appearance. The length of the coat must not be so long as to impede the dog&#;s action and should allow daylight to be seen under the dog. The front and hind feet are to be free of long hair&#;. Reference is also made to the tail, &#;should be free of feathering&#;.

To achieve the correct coat as described in the standard, there are a number of steps that are vital to maintain the coat. Grooming for the show ring is more intense and is required more often than the grooming of the coat for the family pet. But the principle is the same for both show ring and a pet.


It is important for you and the dog to be comfortable so I recommend using a suitable sink, bath tub or hydro bath, which has plenty of room.

Use a dog shampoo suitable for a soft silky coat. Wash the dog well then rinse a couple of times ensuring you get all the shampoo out of the coat. Then add a conditioner, again, use a conditioner suitable for a soft silky coat. Rinse thoroughly.

Wrap the dog in a towel and gently dry the coat to take out most of the moisture. Remember do not rub the coat back and forth as this will mat the coat. Once the most of the moisture has been removed it is very important to thoroughly dry the coat with a warm air dryer while running a brush and comb through the coat. Always remember to brush towards the ground. If you do not use a dryer the coat will matt very quickly.

Regular Brushing

On a regular basis the coat must be brushed to keep it free of mats and knots. I recommend a bristle brush and metal comb.

When you start grooming a Silky, brush and comb the underside of the dog removing any mats and tangles. Leave the top coat until last to finish with a straight flat coat.

Brush from the top of the head and work your way down to the neck. Then work your way along the dog, keeping the straight parting in the coat along the spine of the dog, always brushing towards the ground.


There are specific points to an Australian Silky Terrier listed in the standard that separate this breed from its ancestors, the Yorkshire Terrier.  The Australian Silky Terrier is trimmed in a way so it can be clearly identified from a Yorkshire Terrier and the main points of this are the areas, foreface, feet and tail. All of which can be hand stripped, scissored or done with electric clippers.

Ears - The Australian Silky Terrier should have clean ears, entirely free from long hair.  Clip the inside and outside of the ear starting from the bases to the ear tip, scissoring the sides of the ear to keep the &#;V-Shape&#;.

Foreface &#; Silkies should have a clean foreface. Remove long hair from the stop, along the muzzle and down to the corner of the top lip.

Feet &#; The front and rear feet are to be free from any long hair. Clip between the toes and up to the stopper pad, remembering to keep the nails short.

Tail &#; Should be free from feathering unlike the Yorkshire Terrier. Scissor the tail and leave no more than an inch of feathering to prevent the tail from looking flag like. Also remember to keep the vent clear of long hair.

After the show coat maintenance &#; With a show silky, it is a good idea to put an oil/ conditioner through the coat after the show. This will help prevent the coat from becoming brittle and/ or tangled and assist with maintenance between shows.


The tools needed to groom a Silky are basic so there is no great outlay. You will need a steel comb, bristle brush, pin brush, scissors, toe nail clippers and if you can&#;t strip, then use electric clippers.

It is a good idea to start grooming at an early age, this will help your dog become more comfortable and will make your job easier. When you have spent time grooming your silky, your satisfaction will be  knowing how good your dog looks, and the dog&#;s satisfaction is having the one-on-one closeness with you while being groomed.

Then sit back and enjoy this great little Aussie breed.



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