Silky Terrier

Dog Breed Profile

Silky Terrier

• High energy level
• Low exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Friendly around strangers
• Fairly easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Moderate grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold

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Originally a small vermin-hunter, this toy dog breed is one with a distinct personality – the Silky Terrier won’t be happy when he’s not receiving a lot of your attention. He’s a true terrier, playful and always on the go. He’s especially fond of having the opportunity to have free run in an enclosed yard where he can sniff his way around or enjoy a game of fetch.

Even though the Silky Terrier is suitable for apartment living, he tends to bark a lot. He may also be somewhat aggressive towards other pets and even other dogs, but the Silky Terrier is smart, energetic, and his inquisitive nature helps to keep him busy. If you’re looking for a laid-back lap dog, this might not be the best choice.

  • Cannot be expected to live outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for are his knees and elbows
  • Grooming needs include brushing at least every other day
  • The Silky Terrier is an energetic, friendly, playful animal that is fairly easy to train
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, not very protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 8 to 11lbs and 9 to 10 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 8 to 11lbs and 9 to 10 inches tall

Care & Health:

More active than a lot of toy breeds, the Silky Terrier enjoys walks and playtime in an enclosed yard. Play fetch with him in the yard and you’ll be able to meet his exercise requirements.

Be sure to brush his silky coat at least every other day to keep it shiny and healthy.

Major Health Concerns:

– none

Minor Health Concerns:

– intervertebral disc disease, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, Legg – Perthes and occasionally diabetes, epilepsy, tracheal collapse

Test for:

– knees and elbow

Life Span:

– 11 to 14 years

Breed History:

The Silky Terrier’s beginnings arose when an attempt was made to breed Yorkshire terriers with Australian terriers to improve coat color. What ended up happening was the beginning of a new breed with his distinctive silky coat.

These breeding efforts in two different areas of Australia resulted in two different sizes, and eventually the standard was developed to accept both as Australian silky terriers. In the US they were simply called Silky Terriers and were recognized by the AKC as such around 1955.

Today the Silky Terrier is a mildly popular breed, and in the beginning it took a while before he gained admirers.

  • Family history is terrier
  • Originally from Australia
  • First bred in the 1800’s
  • Original purpose was companion, small-vermin hunting
  • Today they are used for earthdog trials
  • Also known as Sydney silky, Australian silky terrier