Thinking about purchasing an Silky Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Silky Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Silky Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Silky Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Silky Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Silky Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Silky Terrier Profile
The Silky Terrier who is also known as the Australian Silky Terrier has been bred as a lively, energetic companion. They are confident, entertaining little dogs who have a charm all their own. They are a terrier true to form. A one-family dog, they are very obedient and very adept pupils. Easily trained and scrupulously clean, Silky Terriers' loyalty will make them enjoyable and entertaining companions. They will hunt vermin if given the chance, but are very affectionate toward their owners. They are very keen, intelligent and somewhat yippy. They do like to bark to announce the presence of strangers, but can get along as long as they are socialized when they are young. Silky Terriers are independent and territorial to an extent, but are friendly and affectionate with their owners and friends. Silky Terriers are short and long terriers, being a mix of the Skye Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier. Unlike the Yorkshire, however, the fur does not reach the feet but stops right before them. Silky Terriers require a lot of coat care and grooming if they are to be shown in the competition ring. They come in colors of blue and tan, grey, and blue and tan with a silver topknot. Their topknot is apparent but not covering the face. The Sydney Silky is a perky and entertaining breed.
Other Names: Sydney Silky, Australian Silky Terrier
Height: 9 - 10
Colors: Blue and
tan, gray, blue and tan with silver-blue top-knot. Tips of hairs should be darker
than the roots. The blue and tan coat is parted down the middle from head to
Terriers are spirited, friendly, and self-assured. They are confident and yappy,
much like the Yorkshire Terrier. Silky Terriers are possessive of their territory
and can be independent. They are relatively obedient if properly trained, however,
and are excellent at problem solving. They are very intelligent and learn quickly.
The Silky Terrier is strong-willed and may become intolerant of strangers touching
them if not socialized. They are keen, generally friendly, and lively. They
require quite a lot of attention and interaction among their human family.
Watch-dog: High. Silky Terriers
can be very barky. They may announce a strangers' presence in their shrill voice.
Care and Training:
A big commitment is required to keep the Silky Terrier's coat lustrous and in
top condition with no matting. Daily combing and brushing and regular shampooing
is necessary. After bathing, they need to be dried completely. Do not let them
get chilled. Trim their coat occasionally, keep the hair on the legs and knees
trimmed short. Remove hair from their eyes by tying a topknot. They are an energetic
dog who enjoys extended play sessions. They need regular exercise to maintain
a well sense of being. Puppies should be accustomed to brushing early. Puppies
should also be socialized and trained early on. If not, they may become territorial,
bossy and unfriendly toward strangers.
Health Issues: Collapsing trachea, genetic eye disease, both malignant and benign tumors, cataracts, Cushing's disease, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes disease, luxating patellas, and pancreatic disease.
Life Span: 13 - 16 years.
The Silky Terrier is a long-lived breed.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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