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Sydney Terrier

Sydney Terrier


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Sydney Terrier
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Breed Organization
Silky Terrier Club of America
Website: http://www.silkyterrierclubofamerica.org
Native Country
Australia
Other Names
Silky Terrier, Sydney Silky, Australian Silky Terrier, Silky Toy 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.

Function
Watchdog, Pet.


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