Silky Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Silky Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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Origin Australia flag Australia
Other Names
What other names does the Silky Terrier have?
Australian Silky Terrier Sydney Silky
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Silky Terrier Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Silky Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Silky Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Silky Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Silky Terrier gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Silky Terrier?
Frequent: The Silky Terrier is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Silky Terrier Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Silky Terrier weigh? Silky Terrier weight:
8-11 pounds (4-5 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Silky Terrier? Silky Terrier average weight:
9.5 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Silky Terrier? Silky Terrier height:
9-10 inches (23-25 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Silky Terrier average height:
9.5 inches (24 cm)

Silky Terrier Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Silky Terrier have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Silky Straight Glossy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Silky Terrier's coat?
Blue Fawn Platinum Tricolor Tan Cream Gray Silver Black
Grooming
How to groom the Silky Terrier and how often?
Advanced: The Silky Terrier requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Silky Terrier a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Silky Terrier, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Silky Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Australian Silky Terrier?
Silky Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Silky Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Silky Terrier need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Silky Terrier every day?
2-3 weeks
Frequent. This breed has high-maintenance hair and may require a bath every 2-3 weeks. For example, oilier breeds may need to be bathed up to once a week. Because many of these breeds are short-haired, a nice brushing won’t do much to redistribute the oils, so while these oils do protect the dog’s skin from overdrying, they can carry a pretty pungent odor.

Silky Terrier Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Silky Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Alert Inquisitive Quick Intelligent Friendly Joyful Responsive
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Silky Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Silky Terrier's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Silky Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Silky Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Silky Terrier is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Silky Terrier sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Silky Terriers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Silky Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Australian Silky Terrier need? Silky Terrier social needs:
Silky Terriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Silky Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Australian Silky Terrier bark?
Average: The Silky Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Silky Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Silky Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Silky Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Silky Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Silky Terrier can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Silky Terrier will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Silky Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Australian Silky Terrier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Silky Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Silky Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Silky Terrier has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Silky Terrier bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Silky Terrier do?
Silky Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Silky Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Silky Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Silky Terrier roam?
Silky Terriers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Silky Terrier have high prey drive?
Silky Terriers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Silky Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Silky Terrier breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Silky Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Silky Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Silky Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Silky Terrier temperament with other people:
Silky Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Silky Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Silky Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Silky Terriers are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Silky Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Silky Terrier temperament with children:
Silky Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Silky Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Silky Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Silky Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Silky Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Silky Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Silky Terrier is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Silky Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Silky Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Silky Terriers good office dogs? Do Silky Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Silky Terriers be office dogs?
No
Silky Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Silky Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Australian Silky Terrier temperament with senior people? Are Silky Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Silky Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Silky Terrier Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Silky Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Silky Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Silky Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Silky Terrier breed? Most common health risks of Silky Terrier:
Collapsed Trachea Diabetes Epilepsy Legg-perthes Disease
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Silky Terrier breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Silky Terrier see the vet?
Average
The Silky Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Silky Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Silky Terrier be? What is the age limit of the Silky Terrier? How many years can the oldest Silky Terrier live?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Silky Terrier: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Silky Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Silky Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Silky Terrier have? What is the activity level of the Silky Terrier?
Silky Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Silky Terrier dogs require per day?
Silky Terriers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Silky Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Silky Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Silky Terrier risk for obesity:
Average: The Silky Terrier has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Silky Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Silky Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Silky Terrier drool?
The Silky Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Silky Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Silky Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Silky Terrier As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Silky Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Silky Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Silky Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Silky Terrier be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Silky Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Silky Terrier be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Silky Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Silky Terrier be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Silky Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Silky Terrier be a boat dog?

Not really

Silky Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Silky Terrier be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Silky Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Silky Terrier dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Silky Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Silky Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Silky Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Silky Terrier Recognition

AKC Group
Is Silky Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group
Is Silky Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Toy Terriers section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Silky Terrier breed?
American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Australian National Kennel Council Canadian Kennel Club Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. United Kennel Club American Canine Association, Inc. Club Espanol De Terriers

Silky Terrier Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Silky Terrier's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Silky Terriers are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Silky Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Silky Terrier breed.
  • Shedding Level: Silky Terriers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Silky Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Child Friendly: Silky Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Silky Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Silky Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Silky Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Silky Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Dog Friendly: Silky Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Silky Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Silky Terrier History

The Silky Terrier can trace back its origins to Australia, to the 1890s, when dog breeders imported the Yorkshire Terrier and then crossed with their native Australian Terriers. This large-scale resemblance is the reason why, it is really easy for the casual dog owner not to be able to make a clear distinction or to not recognize properly the Silky, the Australian, and the Yorkshire Terriers at first glance.

Australian Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers were the main ingredients used by Australian breeders when developing the Silky Terrier at the beginning of the 20th century. Some of the offsprings looked like the Australian and some resembled more like the Yorkshire Terriers, consequently, the breed was not homogenous at that stage, because of their various sizes and coats. Then, as a solution, Silky-looking puppies were interbred with other Silky-looking ones, until the result was a distinct dog breed, with their unique traits and distinguishing marks. Nonetheless, other breeds were involved in the Silky’s creation process including the Cairn, Skye Terriers, and the Dandie Dinmont, these three breeds were imported to Australia by English immigrants and settlers.

The Silky Terrier’s Australian fanciers have drawn up a standard for the breed in 1906, in Sydney, South Wales. However, in Victoria, another standard was described three years later, in 1909. These two standards did not fully match, they did not agree on the preferred weight and ear type. The conflict between the two camps was eventually resolved in 1926 when a third, final standard was determined, thus the two standards finally condensed into one. Throughout the breed’s evolution, the Silky Terrier had several other names, initially, it was called the Sydney Silky Terrier, yet it became the Australian Silky Terrier in 1955, but in the United States of America, the dogs’ name was changed into Silky Terrier.

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