The Pom-Silk's parents can tell us a lot about this little dog. The Silky Terrier is one of the parent breeds; a tough little character small in stature but large in attitude. The Silky Terriers are decedents of small terriers that were used for vermin hunting in Europe and later in Australia. In the late 1800s in Australia, the breed was created by crossing the Yorkshire Terrier with the Australian Terrier, with the aim of creating a dog that combined the hardier body of the Australian Terrier yet had the unique coat quality of the Yorkshire Terrier. Within only a few generations the breeders achieved their goal and the breed was established, gaining the name of Silky Terriers. While breeders contested the proper name and weight requirements, they finally compromised on the weight issue in 1926, but the argument about the name took much longer to agree on. Beginning with the name of Sydney Silky Terrier, it then became the Australian Silky Terrier and they finally agreed on Silky Terrier. The American Kennel Club recognised this beautiful little terrier in 1955. The Pomeranian was a working dog originally, with its roots coming from the region of Pomerania which is now the area known as Germany and Poland. The Pomeranian was a lot larger then, weighing up to 30 pounds and was employed to herd and guard sheep. Willing and alert, they made ideal working dogs. Their attractive appearance intrigued many people, and they became the companions of many famous people including Marie Antoinette, Mozart and Queen Victoria. It was in 1888 when Queen Victoria began breeding them down in size which increased their popularity as a small affectionate companion dog. The Pomeranian was formerly recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1888 and became known for its talent for agility and learning tricks. They are quick to learn, willing to please, and love to be the centre of attention.