AKC PuppyFinder: Silky Terrier Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Friendly, vivacious, cheeky; in all ways a true terrier
- Energy Level: Very Active; More a terrier than a lapdog, Silkys require more exercise than most Toy Group breeds
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Infrequent
- Grooming: Weekly
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 9-10 inches
- Weight: around 10 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Although a member of the Toy group, the Silky Terrier is no lapdog. Derived in Australia from the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier, this is an energetic, smart and alert dog, with the boldness and hunting instinct of most terriers. He's small enough to live in almost any environment, including cities, as long he gets the exercise and attention he needs. Your Silky Terrier puppy will stay adorable even as an adult dog, with a friendly, playful temperament. Combined with his low-shedding coat and adaptability, he makes an ideal pet for an owner who knows how to train him and has the time and commitment to engage and channel all of that energy.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1959
Breed History & Job Description: The casual observer can be forgiven for mistaking a Silky for a Yorkshire or Australian terrier at first glance. After all, Yorkies and Aussies were the main components utilized by Australian breeders when creating the Silky in the early 20th century. Other breeds that might factor in the Silky’s development (depending on who’s telling the story) include Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, and Skye terriers, three of several British terriers brought to Australia by English settlers. For the record, Silkys are larger than Yorkies and smaller than Aussies.
Silky Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like patellar luxation and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Silky Terriers are healthy dogs.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Patella Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Breed Club