Silky Terrier is a friendly, compact, and energetic small dog breed originating from Sydney, Australia. They are closely related to the Yorkshire Terriers and Australian Terriers. In the US these dogs are called Silky Terriers but in their native land as well in the rest of the world they're called Australian Silky Terriers. These dogs can best be described as a small dog with a big personality. They are loving companions that will love to spend their time next to their owner. They are very adaptable dogs and can learn to live in an apartment as long s you provide them with enough activities.
9–10 in (23–26 cm)
8-11 lb (4-5 kg)
Silky terrier originates from Australia from the 1890s when breeders crosse native Australian Terriers with Yorkshire Terriers. The breed standard was developed in 1906 by the breed fanciers. Today's Silky Terriers are larger than Yorkshire Terriers and smaller than Australian Terriers.
Dog Breed Characteristics
- Group 3 Terriers. Section 4 Toy Terriers. Without working trial.
- Height at the withers: males: 9–10 in (23–26 cm), females can be slightly less.
- Weight: weight in proportion to height.
Silky Terrier has a long and sleek coat that should be brushed at least twice a week. If you don't brush them regularly the hair will start to tangle and that can cause the dog some problems including skin problems.
They will also need other basic care; brush their teeth at least three times a week. Check their ears for signs of infection and redness, bathe them regularly, and trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally.
Silky Terrier Exercise
Silky Terriers require a proper amount of daily activities to be happy and healthy. Long walks, chasing balls, playing in the park can all do the trick. This dog will happily play inside of the house and spend his energy that way. If you are thinking about getting a Silky Terrier, make sure you have enough free time and energy to spend it outside playing and training your Silky Terrier. If your schedule can’t allow you that, consider getting some less active breed.
When training a Silky Terrier, make sure you use positive training methods. Never use fear, punishment, or pain because not only is it cruel, it can result in an overly shy or even aggressive dog. Be firm, fair, and consistent, but use only positive reinforcement! These dogs are eager to do whatever their people ask of them. Involve as many treats as you can and keep the training sessions interesting.
Socialization can even be done at home. Dress differently; wear glasses, hats, and baggy clothes so your puppy can’t recognize you right away. Teach your puppy to stay alone for a while and not make a fuss about it. It is the best way to make sure your puppy will grow up to be a stable, confident, and well-behaved dog.
Silky Terrier and children
Early socialization and proper training can teach them to behave even when children are around. Their temperament makes them more suitable for families with older children. If you train and socialize your Silky Terrier well, your children will get a great playing partner that has plenty of energy. These dogs can play for hours upon hours without getting tired or bored.
Children should never be left alone with any dog, no matter what breed it might be. You should make sure that your children understand how to approach dogs of this breed and understand how to interact and play with them properly.
Silky Terrier and other pets
Silky Terriers can get along well with other dogs and can enjoy their company. They are not the best fit for other pets. They have a strong prey drive, so they will most likely try and catch smaller animals such as gerbils, hamsters, squirrels, or rabbits. They can learn to get along with pets they are raised with, but our advice would be never to leave them unattended.
Like any other dog breed, the Silky Terrier can potentially develop health problems. If you are buying a dog, make sure the breeder can provide you with the necessary health tests and guarantees. Always ask to see the results of tests from the puppy’s parents.
The Silky Terrier is generally considered a very healthy breed that can live 13-15 years.
Health problems associated with this breed are;
- Epilepsy - Brain problem causing mild to severe seizures.
- Patellar luxation
- Legg-calve-Perthes disease
- Tracheal collapse
Silky Terrier Breeders
This dog breed is not for everyone and we advise you that you make your research before you go after Silky Terrier. You will need to dedicate your time and energy to training and socialization if you want to end up with a dog you can control. When you decide to search for Silky Terrier breeders, always buy a dog from a responsible and official breeder. By doing so, you can be sure that you will get the best possible dog because a good breeder takes good care of their breeding dogs and their puppies. If you have any questions or doubts any good breeder will welcome your questions because they also want their puppies to go into a good home.
World Dog Finder team