At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 11 lbs.

Height: 9" - 10"

Life Span: 15 years

Silky Terrier

Also know as: Silky Toy Terrier, Australian Silky Terrier

Group: Toy

Origin: Australia (Early 1900s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: The first dogs of this breed were imported from England and were a cross between Yorkshire Terriers and Australian Terriers.

Temperament / Behavior
Intelligent and strong-willed, this breed needs to know who is boss. The Silky Terrier is eager to learn. Temperament can vary from dog to dog. Early training recommended, as this breed may be difficult to housebreak.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Storage Disease (a serious nervous system disorder that can be fatal); yeast dermatitis; knee-cap dislocation; tracheal collapse; elbow dysplasia; diabetes; epilepsy. Never use a choke collar on this dog due to fragile trachea.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Silky Terrier will be happiest with an owner that spends the majority of time at home. This breed needs several walks per day, lots of attention and plenty of playtime.

Grooming: Daily brushing is needed to avoid tangles and matting of your Silky Terrier's coat. Have it professionally trim about 4 times per year. This dog needs an owner who will commit to regular extensive grooming.


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