The Silky Terrier is a small dog breed with a long, fine hair coat. Its personality is generally friendly and energetic. The Silky Terrier is sometimes confused with the Yorkshire Terrier, but the two are separate dog breeds with distinct traits. In fact, the Silky is larger than the Yorkie and actually has more in common with its other relative, the Australian Terrier.
Silky Terrier Details
- Group: Toy
- Size: about 10 pounds
- Color: Blue & Tan
Silky Terrier History
The Silky Terrier is commonly confused with the Yorkshire Terrier. While the two are related and look similar, they are indeed separate dog breeds. Silky Terriers are natives of Australia. The breed was developed towards the end of the 19th century by crossing imported Yorkshire Terriers with native Australian Terriers. Originally, the result was called the Sydney Silky Terrier.
In 1955, the breed's official name became the "Australian Silky Terrier" in the country of in Australia. That same year, the Sydney Silky Terrier Club of America was developed in the United States. The name was soon changed to the Silky Terrier Club of America. The Silky Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959.
Caring for Your Silky Terrier
The Silky Terrier has a hair coat that is straight, shiny and fine in texture. The hair is constantly growing and quite similar to human hair.
A commitment to routine grooming is absolutely essential if you have this type of dog. Regular haircuts will be necessary to keep the coat at the desired length. In addition, the coat of the Silky should be regularly brushed. Many owners choose to keep the coat trimmed short for easier care. Overall, the breed tends to shed very little.
Be sure to keep the nails neatly trimmed so your Silky's feet will stay healthy and comfortable.
The Silky Terrier is an active but not hyper dog that requires daily exercise. This is a breed that does not like to be left alone for long. Be prepared to offer plenty of attention with play sessions and other kinds of interaction. In addition, the Silky Terrier can enjoy and excel at a variety of dog sports.
As with any breed, thorough training and proper socialization are essential for the Silky Terrier. This breed is very intelligent and should respond well to training, but it may possess a stubborn side as well. Silky Terriers will benefit from firm and consistent positive reinforcement training.
Silky Terrier Health Problems
Responsible breeders will carefully breed their dogs in order to maintain the highest breed standards established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed.
The following are some health issues to be aware of in Silky Terriers:
Living With a Silky Terrier
Silky Terriers are companion dogs that enjoy human interaction. If left alone for too long, the breed may "act out" due to boredom or loneliness. On the other hand, the Silky is an independent dog and not the typical lap dog. However, this breed can adapt to many types of environments and households if given the proper attention and time. Well-socialized and properly trained Silky Terriers can get along well with children and other pets, though the breed is not ideal for small children.
If you are looking for an active, loyal and outgoing dog with an independent side, the Silky Terrier might be right for you. If you think this breed is right for you, be sure to do your research before getting one. Seek advice from veterinarians and pet professionals. Talk to other Silky Terrier owners, reputable Silky Terrier breeders and small dog rescue groups to learn more.