Silky Terrier Dog Breed Information


Silky Terrier Quick Facts
Silky Terrier
Breed Group: Toy
Origen: Australia
Nickname: Silky
Weight: 8-11 lbs
Height: 9-10 inches
Color(s): Blue and Tan


Silky Terrier Appearance

The Silky Terrier is a small-sized compact short-legged terrier. He is a miniature version of a working terrier. His body is slightly longer than it is tall. This is a dog that was historically used for hunting and killing rodents and snakes. Silky terrier has strong and wedge-shaped head. His expression is piercingly keen. The eyes are small and almond shaped. The erect, V-shaped ears are small and set high on the head and the high-set tail is customarily docked.

The Silky Terrier coat is smooth and glossy. The hair is long and parted down at the center of the back. The most common colors are Blue and tan. The weight of the Silky Terrier is around 8-11 pounds; and the height is around 9-10 inches.

Silky Terrier Temperament

The Silky Terrier is curious, physically and mentally quick, and spends much time trotting around checking things out. The Silky Terrier is not a calm lapdog; he is courageous, energetic, inquisitive and playful, always ready for action and full of energy. He could be aggressive toward other dogs or pet. He is smart but tends to be stubborn and can be vicious sometime. Early socialization and firm training is very important to prevent misbehaviors. They may become demanding, willful, and protective. The Silky Terrier tends to bark a lot.

Is Silky Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Silky Terrier is very active and need more exercise than most toys. They enjoy a moderated walk on leash, a vigorous game in the yard or inside the house. They are good companion and adapts well to an apartment life. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard if sufficiently exercised is provided. The Silky Terrier must never be let off-leash except in a safe, enclosed area, and your fences must be secure, as they are amazing climbers and enthusiastic diggers.

Silky Terrier Life expectancy

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

Silky Terrier Health problems

The Silky Terrier are a relatively healthy and there are not major concerns associated with this breed, however he is prone to allergies, diabetes, patella luxation, Legg Perthes, tracheal collapse, and epilepsy.

Silky Terrier Care and Grooming

The Silky Terrier coat requires daily brushing and combing. The coat is very prone to tangles and mats unless frequently groomed. To keep the coat silky and lustrous regular shampooing is necessary. Brush with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap when necessary. The coat must be trimmed occasionally, and the hair on the legs from the knees down is often trimmed short. You should keep your terrier on a harness leash not a collar due to the terrier’s weak and collapsible trachea.

Silky Terrier Shedding

The Silky Terrier sheds little to no hair, and therefore may be well suited to allergy sufferers.