Silky Terrier Breed Information

Silky Terrier  

The Silky Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

The Silky Terrier was developed in Australia during the late 1800s. Australian breeders sought to improve the coat color of the blue and tan Australian Terrier by introducing the Yorkshire Terrier from England to the bloodline. As a result, three breeds emerged consisting of the Australian Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier and Silky Terrier. The Silky Terriers continued to be bred together until a satisfactory standard was set.  

The Silky Terrier weighs up to 10 pounds and measures 9 to 10 inches.

Grooming Needs
The Silky Terrier has a long, flowing coat that does not shed much, but needs to be brushed two to three times a week and bathed once a month. If not being shown, the Silky Terrier’s coat can be trimmed to make it easier to manage. Like all dogs, the Silky Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  

The Silky Terrier is spunky and tenacious.  

The Silky Terrier has the classic terrier personality. The Silky Terrier loves their family and demands to be included in their activities, but at the same time thoroughly enjoys their independence. The Silky Terrier approaches life on their terms and prefers to be the boss.

Despite their diminutive size, the Silky Terrier is not a lap dog and will not stand for being treated like one. The Silky Terrier is too energetic and curious to laze around all day. They are feisty and full of cheer.

Like most terrier breeds, the Silky Terrier is a determined watch dog. They are highly alert and will bark when someone new approaches or the doorbell rings. Silky Terriers will always do their best to protect their family and home against any unwanted visitor.

Training Needs
The Silky Terrier has the willful, stubborn disposition that many terrier breeds have when it comes to training. Although highly intelligent, the Silky Terrier is known to be headstrong and responds best to a kind, but assertive handler.

Activity Level
The Silky Terrier is small, but energetic and quite active. The Silky Terrier needs a long daily walk in addition to regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play. The Silky Terrier especially enjoys games of fetch and chasing balls around the house or yard.  

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