Description: The Silky Terrier who is also known as the Australian Silky Terrier has been breed as a lively, energetic companion. They are confident, entertaining little dogs who have a charm all their own. A terrier true to form. A one-family dog, they are very obedient and very adept pupils. Easily trained and scrupulously clean, Silky Terriers loyalty will make them enjoyable and entertaining companions.
Other Names: Sydney Silky, Australian Silky Terrier
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 than the roots.
Coat: Straight, fine, glossy.
Temperament: Silky Terriers are spirited, friendly, self-assured.
With Children: Yes, tolerates children if handled properly, best if raised with them.
With Pets: Yes, makes an excellent companion for other dogs.
Special Skills: Rat catcher and family pet.
Watch-dog: High, can be barky.
Guard-dog: Very Low
Care and Training: A big commitment is required to keep the Silky Terriers coat lustrous and in top condition with no matting. Daily combing and brushing and regular shampooing is necessary. After bathing, they need to be dried completely. Do not let them get chilled. Trim their coat occasionally, keep hair on legs and knees trimmed short. Remove hair from their eyes by tying a topknot. They are an energetic dog who enjoys extended play sessions. They need regular exercise to maintain a well sense of being. Puppies should be accustomed to brushing early.
Learning Rate: High, responds best to positive reinforcement.
Living Environment: Apartment living is fine for the Silky Terrier as long as they have 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 their ancestry is unknown. What is known is that they are a cross by the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier with maybe some Scottish Terrier or Sydney Silky in them. Developed as an urban pet they are still a good ratter and are adept at killing snakes.
First Registered by the AKC: 1959
AKC Group: Toy
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC(GB), UKC