- AKC recognized in 1955
- Lifespan: 11-14 years
- Size: Small
- Energy: High (very energetic)
- Recommended Crate Size: 24” dog crate*
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The Silky Terrier is a dog with a tough character. They enjoy an adventure and challenge. These are loving and playful dogs. They also can be good with children. Silkies can be very friendly toward strangers but may be very aggressive towards other pets and dogs.
Although their size is too small to be a guard dog, they are great watchdogs. If given the chance, Silkies love to go vermin hunting. They can meet these hunting instincts by playing with hunting toys and games around the yard and house.
The Silky Terrier is a good option for those who want a smaller-sized adventurer. They have some tough ancestors, descending from small vermin-catching Terriers of Europe and later, Australia. The breed was created in Australia in the late 1800's by crossing the Australian Terrier with the Yorkshire Terrier in order to create a more robust breed of the Australian Terrier with the coat color and quality of the Yorkshire terrier.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Silky Terrier in 1955. These high energy dogs are known as a small breed of dog of the terrier dog type. Silkies were developed in Australia, although the ancestral breeds were from Great Britain. It is closely related to the Yorkshire Terrier and the Australian Terrier. They are called the Australian Silky Terrier in its country of origin but is just called the Silky Terrier in North America.
The Silky terrier has a longer than tall body, with an athletic build that reaffirms its designation as a toy dog. However, Silkies are very tough and ready to go for small vermin hunting. Silkies have erect small ears, their eyes are small and almond shaped. The tail is docked and carried high. The skull is flat with a shallow stop.
The coat is one of the breed's most distinctive features. It is straight, shiny and silky. Rather than flowing to the floor like the Yorkshire terrier's coat, it conforms to the shape of the body. Its color tan and blue.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to small-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
Their unique coat needs a large amount of care. It should be combed and brushed every day. Regular washing must be done to make the coat look its best as well as to prevent dirt build up that leads to tangling. Regular shampooing is recommended.
The owner can use an Oatmeal or Avocado Shampoo to help alleviate itchy, dry skin of Silkies. If the owner have no spare time, they can take their Silkies to a groomer every three weeks. Its teeth should be brushed regularly because they are known to have gum and teeth problems. The neck area should be paid more attention in grooming.
Silky terrier is a loving and playful dog, being categorized as adventuresome on a small scale. Silkies are extremely active, but because of its size, exercise requirements can be met within a smaller space. It also has mischievous tendencies. Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day. Obedience training is possible, but it must be made into a fun event or the silky just will not play.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 24" dog crates* for most adult Silky Terriers.
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