The Silky Terrier: A Complete Guide

Weighing just approximately 10 pounds when full grown, he’s tough and confident, perhaps because of his heritage as a hunter of small prey.

The Silky Terrier is a small and elegant dog that has a gorgeous silky coat. Beneath that delicate-looking exterior, however, is a big, bold spirit.

People unfamiliar with the breed are often surprised to see the small Silky Terrier warn off intruders, romp with large dogs, or keep up with their owners on a hike.

But this shouldn’t be a shock. The Silky Terrier has a true terrier temperament: scrappy, tenacious, and fond of digging, barking, and chasing.

If you don’t think these are cute traits, the Silky Terrier is not a dog for you. Despite the tough attitude, however, he is a loyal dog who loves to be with his family.

He’s best suited to homes where he won’t be left home alone for long periods. He needs the companionship of his human pack, and he’s apt to get into mischief if he isn’t supervised.

The Silky Terrier needs daily physical and mental exercise and will be happy to join you for a walk in the neighborhood or a hike in the country.

Despite his high energy, he can be an apartment or condo dog. He does have a tendency to bark, so teaching him to be quiet should be a part of his basic manners.

The Silky Terrier who’s exposed to kids beginning in puppyhood can be a good companion for children older than ten, as long as they treat him carefully and kindly.

He may not like being poked or prodded by toddlers and young kids. For the right owner, this fun-loving and energetic companion can add spice and a lot of love to your life.

Silky Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Silky Terrier is always ready for a challenge.

What Price are Silky Terrier Puppies?

The price of Silky Terrier puppies is between $1,000 and $1,250.

How to Find Reputable Silky Terrier Breeders?

Not all breeders are created equally, and there are a number of considerations when you’re choosing a good one.

Find a referral from a trusted association, like the national kennel club or the national breed club.

These clubs usually have a breeder referral program which promotes reputable breeders that are known for safe and ethical breeding practices.

These breeders have the dog’s best interest at heart and not merely trying to make a quick buck. They have the commitment to uphold and promote the health and longevity of each breed.

A reputable breeder will allow you to visit their kennels and see how the dogs are housed and cared for.

The dogs should have spacious, clean areas to roam and they should not be confined to small kennels.

They should also show no sign of fear or anxiety around humans. You should also meet one or both of your future puppy’s parents.

A good breeder will likely perform some type of background check on you to see if you and the puppy are a good match.

The well-being of their dogs is the breeder’s priority, and they should show great interest in where the puppy will go.

Ask about the health of the dogs, especially the health of your puppy’s parents. The breeder should be honest and forthcoming with the breed’s weaknesses.

Ask if any of the dogs have been screened or tested to rule out potential health issues.

A good breeder who is concerned about the welfare of their animals will require you to sign a contract which may include terms and conditions, a health guarantee, and the right for the breeder to reclaim the dog if they do not feel the dog has been placed in the proper home.

A health guarantee should be included in this contract, which states that the dog can be returned for a full refund if an unexpected health crisis should occur.

A good breeder will be available for the dog answer questions and offer support anytime.

Good breeders are generally not trying to make money but are devoted to the preservation of good genes among their breed of interest.

3 Little-Known Facts About Silky Terrier Puppies

  1. The Silky Terrier is also known as the Silky Toy Terrier, the Australian Silky, the Australian Silky Terrier, the Sydney Silky, the Sydney Silky Terrier, and simply the Silky.
  2. The Silky Terrier was developed as a breed in the late 1800s in Australia from crossing native Australian Terriers and imported Yorkshire Terriers.
  3. This is Australia’s only toy breed. He is loyal, affectionate, curious, and cheerful.

Physical Traits of the Silky Terrier

The Silky Terrier is a loving and playful dog.

The Silky Terrier is a small, fine-boned terrier with long, flowing hair that grows five to six inches long. The head is flat between the ears, and there is a shallow stop.

The nose is black, and the dark eyes are almond-shaped and piercing. The small ears are set high on the head, erect and V-shaped.

A Silky Terrier’s top line should be level, and the dog should be longer than he is tall. The Silky Terrier’s name sums up the coat: silky, long and beautiful to look at.

It is parted down the center of the dog’s back and is generally five to six inches long. The Silky coat comes in blue and tan.

The blue may be a silvery blue, slate blue, or pigeon blue, and the tan should always be a deep, rich shade.

The coat may appear to be high maintenance. But it has a single coat, so brushing at least two times a week should keep the coat tangle-free.

He needs a bath once a month. Check the ears weekly for signs of irritation, infection, irritation, or wax buildup.

Cleanse regularly with a veterinarian-approved cleanser and cotton ball. Brush their teeth regularly to prevent gum disease and tartar buildup.

Additionally, nails should be trimmed once per month if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally.

How Big is a Full-Grown Silky Terrier?

Male and female Silky Terriers stand 9 to 10 inches tall and weigh 8 to 10 pounds.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Silky Terrier?

The life expectancy of the Silky Terrier is 11 to 14 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Silky Terrier

The Silky Terrier is a small and elegant dog.

The Silky Terrier is friendly, intelligent, spirited, and confident. True to his hunting roots, he loves to chase small animals and won’t back down from a fight.

Though independent, the Silky Terrier is devoted to his people and is happiest when he’s part of daily family life.

He likes to be in the house, following you from room to room, or joining you at the front door to bark at your guests.

He does best if he can be with his human pack most of the day. If you travel a lot, this adaptable dog would be happy to hit the road with you.

A better name for the Silky Terrier might be the Spunky Terrier. They have such big personalities.

They think they are the center of the universe and expect everyone to stop whatever they’re doing to attend to their needs.

Silky Terriers make harmless mischief whenever possible, especially if they realize it gets them extra attention.

This is an intelligent breed who knows how to manipulate a situation in his favor and can sometimes even be considered bossy.

But most Silky Terrier owners don’t mind because they are just too cute to stay mad at!

Silky Terriers are great family dogs for those with older children because they enjoy the company of people. They prefer to have plenty of laps to choose from when it’s naptime.

The Silky Terrier’s Diet

The Silky Terrier loves to eat, so measure his daily ration and divide it between two separate meals.

The amount you feed will depend on his size, but the recommended daily amount is between ½ and ¾ of a cup of dry, high-quality kibble per day. Choose food that is grain-free, holistic, and all-natural.

The Silky Terrier is a healthy small-sized breed, but he can be prone to certain diseases such as patellar luxation and tracheal collapse.

It is important to feed him a high-protein diet consisting of real meat listed first on the ingredient label.

A well-balanced, antioxidant-rich diet provides a natural source of DHA that your Silky Terrier needs for optimal brain development.

Higher quality dog food will meet more of his specific nutritional requirements.

How Much Exercise Does a Silky Terrier Need?

The Silky Terrier is a loving and playful dog, categorized as adventuresome on a small scale.

He is extremely active. But because of his size, exercise requirements can be met within a smaller space. He also has mischievous tendencies.

Give him 20 to 40 minutes of vigorous exercise per day. Obedience training is also possible, but it must be made into a fun event or the Silky Terrier will just not play.

Silky Terrier Health and Conditions

Health concerns for the Silky Terrier may include Malassezia dermatitis, patellar luxation, refractory corneal ulceration, cystine urolithiasis,  Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, intervertebral disk disease, elbow dysplasia, diabetes, collapsing trachea, short hair syndrome, epilepsy, and allergies.

My Final Thoughts on the Silky Terrier

The Silky Terrier is always ready for a challenge.

Oblivious to his size, this dog would love to go vermin hunting if only given the chance.

Fortunately, the Silky Terrier can meet his hunting needs by playing games and hunting toys around the house and the yard.

He is a loving and playful dog. Silky Terriers can be great playmates for considerate children.

He is friendly toward strangers but can be aggressive to other dogs and pets.

He is a great watchdog, but he is too small to be effective as a protection dog.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

4.5
Cost to Buy
10
Cuteness Level
8.5
Family Safety
8.5
Friendliness
4.5
Health Concerns
6.5
Life Span
6
Exercise Required
8.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.1 / 10

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