Silky Terrier Dogs
Gentle Pin Brush
You can of course opt to have the coat trimmed to a more manageable length for easier care, but it should be kept at the breed standard length if being entered in conformance shows.
Personality and TraitsSilky 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, often the case with small dogs, will take a bit more diligence as they are quite elusive. If you are not paying close attention to them, a puddle may be forming in some remote spot!
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 very good watchdogs.
One negative to note is that they can be nuisance barkers and their bark is definitely not easy on the ears. Training them the "quiet" command will save your sanity as well as your neighbors!
Health notes: While the Silky Terrier Dog Breed is considered pretty healthy, they are prone to some health issues including eye diseases and cataracts which seem to be a top concern, followed by epilepsy, collapsed trachea, and luxating patella not in any particular order.
If and when, you may want to acquire a Silky, find a referral to a reputable breeder and ask them about hereditary diseases that may have affected the parents, tests completed for those diseases and or testing certificates.
Activity Level of the SilkySilky Terriers 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.
One important thing to remember is that they should always be walked on-leash as they quick are to give chase to any moving target. And, because they are great escape artists, any outdoor area of your residence should be very securely contained.
How Much Space Does A Silky Need?The Silky Terrier dog will get along well in almost any type of accommodation.
As long as he is allowed to run freely around the house, he doesn't need an additional outside play area, but it is always a plus for training purposes, potty breaks and of course a breath of fresh air.
Does The Silky Do Well With Children?The short answer is yes, but 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.
Compatability With Sedentary Families?Silky Terrier dogs make delightful companions for the retirees or more sedentary individuals.
Their exercise needs are not demanding and they love to get attention - especially regular back scratches!
Resource: OFA Eye Diseases
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