• 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.
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.
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.