Breed Group: Toy
Weight: 8 - 11 lbs
Height: 9 - 10 inches
Color(s): Blue and tan
The Silky Terrier is intelligent, curious, and in constant motion. Originally developed in the 19th century in Australia. The Silky
is compact but is light in build. They are a friendly and spirited breed. The Silky Terrier can be possessive with their family and property.
The Silky Terrier is an excellent companion. This breed has a keen alertness and a true Terrier nature. They can, on occasion, exhibit defiance and stubbornness. They do not like to be left alone for extended
periods of time and do best when someone is home for most of the day. The Silky makes an excellent watchdog.
The Silky Terrier is generally happy and loves to play.
They are bold in action and have a mischievous streak. This breed loves
to dig and bark. The Silky is most suited for older, well-behaved
children. They are extremely territorial and may exhibit aggression
toward other dogs. They love to chase cats, so raising them with cats
from puppy-hood is highly recommended.
The Silky Terrier's coat is highly susceptible to tangles and matting. They require daily brushing and combing. This breed requires a deep commitment from their owners. To keep the coat lustrous regular shampooing is necessary. The Silky is prone to several disorders including luxating patella, tracheal collapse, and epilepsy.
The Silky Terrier's coat is virtually non-shedding and odorless. Their coat is one of the breed's most prominent features. It is straight, silky, and shiny. Unlike the Yorkie, whose coat flows to the floor, the Silky coat is shorter and conforms to the shape of the body. The texture is much like human hair. The color of the coat may be blue and red, or blue and tan.
This breed may be difficult to housebreak. They respond best to praise, reward, love and consistency. The Silky Terrier does well in
obedience training provided the method used is not done using a choke collar. The Silky trachea is easily damaged. Training must be done
firmly and fairly.
The Silky Terrier is a bundle of energy. They love to be given chances to run and play, but must have a tightly fenced yard. They also enjoy brisk walks and playing ball. The Silky is able to do well in an
apartment, although they are also an active indoor breed. It is important
they are kept busy and social to discourage boredom.
Help reduce the number of dogs in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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