Breed Organization Silky Terrier Club of America Website: http://www.silkyterrierclubofamerica.org Native Country Australia Other Names Silky Terrier, Sydney Silky, Sydney Terrier, Australian Silky Terrier Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size Average 3-5 Puppies Breed Group AKC Toy
Breed Appearance This is a true toy breed being low to the ground and tiny. Do not let their size fool you, they will hunt and kill their prey. His joy for life makes
the Silky Terrier an ideal pet. They have the muscular strength of a much larger dog. This breed is very intelligent and has the courage of a German Shepard. They
are a very spunky little dog and a lot of fun. They like to be close to their owner and hate being left alone. You do something they want to be right next to you.
Breed Description Head: Strong and of moderate length. Flat skull. Strong jaws.
Tight lips. Ears: Small, V-shaped, thin leather. Set high on the head and
carried erect. Eyes: Small, round. Color as dark as possible. Body: Moderately long. Deep, moderately wide chest. Strong
loin. Straight back. Tail: Cropped and carried straight. Hair: Fine
and silky. 13 to 15 cm (5-6 in) long from behind the ears to the
base of the tail. Lower legs are free of long hair. Coat: Blue and tan or gray-blue and tan. Blue on the tail
must be dark. Gray-blue has tan tufts at the base of the ear, on the
muzzle and sides of the face. Blue extends from the base of the
skull to the tip of the tail and down the legs to the knees and
hocks. Tan markings on the feet and under the tail. Size: Approx. 22,5 cm (9 in). Weight: 3,5 to 4,5 kg (8-10 lb).
History The Silky Terrier was bred by crossing Yorkshire and Australian
Terrier. The breed first appeared in the late nineteenth century
when silky-coated puppies began to be born to Australia Terriers.
Skye Terrier and Cairn Terrier blood was probably introduced as
well. The breed was recognized by the Sidney Kennel Club in 1933 and
later exported to Great Britain and the United States.
Behavior This loving, little terrier is very intelligent, courageous and alert. Affectionate, spunky, cheerful and sociable, they like to be close to their
master. They are full of energy and need a good amount of exercise in order to be calm. Curious and keen they are an enthusiastic digger. Active, smart and quick. Despite
their size, this docile dog makes a good watchdog. This is a sturdy breed that adjusts well to traveling. They are not generally trustworthy with other non-canine pets such
as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. Socialize them well including with cats so they do not chase them. Good with children so long as the dog does not have a meek owner
who fails to give him the discipline and structure all dogs instinctually need. Training these dogs is very straight- forward because it is very eager to learn. Do not allow
this little dog to develop Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behaviors where the dog believes he is pack leader to humans. When a Silky believes they are the boss, their
temperament changes, as they try to control everyone and every thing around them. They may become demanding, willful, protective and may begin to bark a lot. They may begin
to be untrustworthy with children and sometimes adults, becoming snappish if peeved and may pick fights with other dogs.
Health Generally healthy. Minor concerns are intervertebral disc disease, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation and Legg-Perthes. This breed sometimes
is afflicted with diabetes, epilepsy, tracheal collapse.
Advice This very clean breed is well suited for life as a house dog
provided he gets out often for long walks. Regular brushing and
combing are required. This is not a dog to leave fenced in a yard. They need to be
indoors and definitely do not need to be tied up outside. This is not a dog to be left
outside because they want attention so bad they might get hurt trying to get loose.