Breed of the Month–Silky Terrier

1April 2011

Silky Terrier
Color:  tan and blue
Height:  Males 9-10 inches/  Females: smaller
Weight:  8-10 lbs
Life Span:  12-15 years
Breed Health Concerns:  Allergies, patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, epilepsy, diabetes, collapsing trachea, dysplasia.
Coat:  flat, glossy, fine, silky single coat
Country of Origin:  Australia
Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.
The Silky is a mix of many terrier breeds, developed in Australia in the early 1800s.  This breed is very adept at killing vermin but was mainly developed as a house pet and small companion.
The Silky Terrier enjoys being with his humans, but is not really a lapdog.  The Silky Terrier is curious, smart, friendly, and lively.  It is important to socialize this breed from a young age; as with many small dog breeds, socialization is important to ensure a dog that behaves in all situations.
The Silky Terrier is very capable of quickly winning the hearts of anyone passing by.  They are small, cute, fluffy, and soft.  Who wouldn’t fall in love with such a cutie?
The Silky Terrier does require more exercise than most other toy breed dogs, but one moderate walk and a bit of playtime each day will keep this little guy happy.
Silky Terriers must be bathed regularly and brushed daily to keep from developing tangles and mats.  Many non-show Silky owners will clip their dog’s hair to help keep it simple.  Often Silky Terrier owners tie the hair up above the dog’s eyes.
The Silky Terrier is intelligent and is a quick learner because he aims to please his master.  Socialization is vitally important to this breed.