The Silky Pug is a designer breed that was developed by crossing a Silky Terrier and a Pug. The feisty Silky Terrier was developed in Australia in the 1890s and was a cross between Yorkshire Terriers, which had been brought over from England, and the larger, working Australian Terrier. Some of the Silky’s ancestors may also include the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Skye Terrier and/or Cairn Terrier. The Silky Terrier was recognized as a distinct breed in New South Wales in 1906, and in Victoria in 1909. There were some differences when it came to the breed standard, mostly regarding the weight and ear type, but in 1926 a compromise was reached and a new breed standard formed. The breed was first known as the Sydney Silky but in 1955, this was changed to the Australian Silky Terrier, which is what they are still referred to in Australia. They were recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council in 1958. After World War II a number of Silky Terriers returned home with American soldiers. The Silky was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1959. They are a member of the Toy Group. Pugs originated in China and were bred to be companions for ruling families. Some had mini palaces and their own guards. Buddhist monks also kept them as pets in Tibetan monasteries. In Europe a Pug became the official dog of the House of Orange in 1572 thanks to his bravery in alerting his master - the Prince of Orange - that assassins were heading his way. Marie Antoinette had a Pug named Mops while Josephine Bonaparte, had one named Fortuné that slept in her bed and was said to have bitten Napoleon when he got into bed with her for the first time. The wrinkled little dogs who wheeze, snort and snore also captured the imagination of artists like William Hogarth and Goya, while Queen Victoria was also a fan and bred them. Pugs arrived in the United States during the nineteenth century and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.