The Skilky Terrier is a hybridization between the Scottish Terrier and the Silky Terrier. Not much is currently known on the Skilky Terrier outside of the parent breeds, and detailed accounts of breeding programs are not available. Owners and people who are considering adopting a Skilky Terrier should review the respective parent breed histories and dispositions to understand their dog better. The Scottish Terrier is a short, rough-coated Terrier that developed in Scotland over many centuries. The predecessor to the Scottish Terrier was the Old Scotch Terrier and is believed to have been in the region over 2,000 years ago. The Scottish Terrier belongs to the rough-coated Terrier group, called the Skye Terrier group and differs from its English cousins, who have smooth coats. The Scottish Terrier retains its strong hunting instincts and is fond of digging, or "going to the earth." Today, the Scottish Terrier is grouped among three other Terrier breeds in the Skye group, the Cairn Terrier, the Skye Terrier, and the West Highland Terrier. The Scottish Terrier was imported to America in the 19th Century, and the first of its kind was registered to the American Kennel Club in 1885. The Silky Terrier is a crossbreed between the Yorkshire Terrier and Australian Terriers. The breed developed in Australia during the late 19th century, first as silky-coated earth dogs, but quickly became favored companions. Breeders selected only silky trait hybrids until a predictable outcome was achieved, allowing the breed to establish itself quickly. By 1926, the breed standards were set in Australia and in 1959, the American Kennel Club recognized the first Silky Terrier.