Silky Terrier Dogs
Toy Dog Breeds

silky terrier dog

Background and Description:

Silky Terrier dogs are classified with the toy dog breeds due to their small size, even though they are terriers. They were originally developed in the 1800s in Australia. They were the result of crossing the Australian Terrier with other terrier breeds - but mainly with imported Yorkshire Terriers. Outside of North America, they are known as the Australian Silky Terrier.

Eventually they were brought to England and bred with the Dandy Dinmont Terrier. About nine inches in height, the Silky Terrier is a true "toy" terrier and retains an alertness associated with that breed.

First and foremost, this small dog breed, was intended to be a companion, but they can turn tail to ratting and killing snakes if they've a mind to.

Silky Terrier dogs are quite an active little breed that has no lack of confidence. They are in fact charming little manipulators, but you'll still find them very engaging.

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Height: 9-10 inches
Weight: 8-10 pounds
Colors: Blue and Tan, Black and Tan, Gray and Tan, Blue and Tan with silver-blue top-knot. Tips of hairs should be darker than the roots.

Coat and Care:

The hallmark of this toy dog breed is his distinctive silky blue and tan coat which requires significant attention. The coat is quite long - just short of floor length, and does require daily brushing and weekly shampooing to keep it in top condition. This will also help avoid those nasty mats and tangles. It's a good idea to get your Silky used to this while he is still young.

Silkies do tend to suffer from dry skin so the choice of grooming products is important to counteract the dryness and itchy discomfort they experience. Silkies are generally seen with the hair on top of the head parted but not too long around the face and the part continues down the back. There is no undercoat and shedding is minimal which is why grooming is so necessary to remove dead hair.

Personality and Traits:

Silky Terrier dogs are very hardy, have oodles of charm and personality, are ever curious and quite energetic. They are a very sociable dog and enjoy the company of family and friends.

They especially like being "numero uno" getting lots of attention, but they are so cute they usually get what they want and nobody minds!

Silkies are considered to be very intelligent and easy to obedience train if an owner uses a gentle and kind approach - otherwise they can be stubborn. Housetraining will take a bit more diligence as they are quite elusive if you are not paying close attention to them.

Their curiosity and energy, combined with a terrier nature, can be directed toward digging - especially if bored. Although they are self-absorbed little dogs, they have a mighty instinct to protect and generally make good watchdogs.

Health issues associated with the breed include epilepsy, collapsed trachea, and luxating patella.

Activity Level:

Silkies enjoy lots of play and exercise, but they are adaptable if you can't keep up with them! A daily walk will be much enjoyed and is really the ideal for a healthy pet. They do need to be walked on a harness due to their delicate tracheas.

Space Needs:

The Silky Terrier dog will get along well in almost any type of accommodation. As long as he is allowed to freely run around the house, he doesn't need an additional outside play area, but it is always a plus for potty breaks and a breath of fresh air.

Children :

This breed gets along best with older children who are more in tune with their playfulness and are considerate of their small size.

Whatever the case, it is always wise to have an adult supervise activities between children and family pets, no matter what the breed.


Silky Terrier dogs make delightful companions for the elderly or more sedentary individual. Their exercise needs are not demanding and they love to get attention - including regular back scratches!

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