This breed was developed in the late 19th century around the city Sydney and it is the result of the crossbreeding between the Yorkshire with the Australian Terrier and with Skye Terrier. It was mainly used as a companion dog and was recognized in 1962.
It is a small-sized, harmoniously built, robust dog that has an elegant look due to its silky hair. The head is of medium length, the skull is flat, slightly longer than the muzzle and has a fine forelock on the forehead. The eyes are small, round, almond-shaped and dark. The ears are V-shaped, small, set high, erect and without long hair on them. The tail is kept right and must be docked short. The fur has a single layer made of 12-15 cm length hair that is very soft, glossy and silky. The most common variety is the bluish-grey that can have different shades, from bright to dark, with brown, but the most appreciated and desired colour is iron blue. The fur is brushed with a parting on the middle of the back. At birth all the dogs of this breed are black.
This dog is dynamic, intelligent, eager to learn, active, lively, playful, cheerful, obedient, alert and although it is small it is very protective. Very devoted to its master it is loving and playful with children. It is watchful with strangers whom it barks at. Accustomed from an early age to other household animals and to other dogs, it will have no problems when it grows up.
The fur must be brushed and combed daily in order to maintain it beautiful and healthy. This breed rarely sheds.
This dog adapts easily to the offered living conditions, being a suitable dog for a flat, with a loving and caring family. It needs socialization and training.
The training should be done with ease and pleasure, because it is an intelligent and obedient dog that is eager to learn and easily understands what is required of it. It has a medium level of activity, it likes not too long walks and doesn't become restless if it is not taken out for a walk every day. It adapts to its master - more or less active.
It is a good mouse hunter but especially a happy and devoted companion.