Dog Profiles - Description of Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier

Description: The Silky Terrier who is also known as the Australian Silky Terrier has been breed as a lively, energetic companion. He is a confident, entertaining little dog who has a charm all his own. A terrier true to form. A one-family dog, he is very obedient and a very adept pupil. Easily trained and scrupulously clean, his loyalty will make him an enjoyable and entertaining companion.

Height: 9 inches

Weight: 8-11 lbs.

Colors: Blue and tan, gray, blue and tan with silver-blue top-knot. Tips of hairs should be darker at roots.

Coat: Straight, fine, glossy.

Temperament: Spirited, friendly, self-assured. Tolerates children if handled properly, best if raised with them. Makes an excellent companion for other dogs. Good Rat catcher and family pet. Good watch dog, but can be barky. Very poor guard dog.

Care and Exercise: A big commitment is required to keep his coat lustrous and in top condition with no matting. Daily combing and brushing and regular shampooing is necessary. After bathing, he needs to be dried completely. Do not let him get chilled. Trim the coat occasionally, keep hair on his legs and knees trimmed short. Remove hair from his eyes by tying a topknot. He is an energetic dog who enjoys extended play sessions. He needs regular exercise to maintain a well sense of being. Puppies should be accustomed to brushing early.

Training: Learning Rate: High, responds best to positive reinforcement.

Activity: High

Living Environment: Apartment living is fine as long as he has sufficient exercise.

Health Issues: Collapsing trachea, genetic eye disease.

Life Span: Into the teens

Litter Size: 3-5

Country of Origin: Australia

History: Developed in Sydney, Australia, the exact origins of his ancestry is unknown. What is known is that he is a cross by the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier with maybe some Scottish Terrier or Sydney Silky in him. Developed as an urban pet he is still a good ratter and is adept at killing snakes.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC(GB), UKC