- SIZE: 1
- GROOMING:: 5
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 4
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 5
- WATCHDOG: 7
- BREED: Silky Terrier
- COLOR(S):Blue and tan or silver and tan.
The Silky Terrier who is also known as the Australian Silky Terrier has been bred as a lively, energetic companion. They are confident, entertaining little dogs who have a charm all their own. They are a terrier true to form. A one-family dog, they are very obedient and very adept pupils. Easily trained and scrupulously clean, Silky Terriers\' loyalty will make them enjoyable and entertaining companions. They will hunt vermin if given the chance, but are very affectionate toward their owners. They are very keen, intelligent and somewhat yippy. They do like to bark to announce the presence of strangers, but can get along as long as they are socialized when they are young. Silky Terriers are independent and territorial to an extent, but are friendly and affectionate with their owners and friends. Silky Terriers are short and long terriers, being a mix of the Skye Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier. Unlike the Yorkshire, however, the fur does not reach the feet but stops right before them. Silky Terriers require a lot of coat care and grooming if they are to be shown in the competition ring. They come in colors of blue and tan, grey, and blue and tan with a silver topknot. Their topknot is apparent but not covering the face. The Sydney Silky is a perky and entertaining breed.
Silky Terriers are spirited, friendly, and self-assured. They are confident and yappy, much like the Yorkshire Terrier. Silky Terriers are possessive of their territory and can be independent. They are relatively obedient if properly trained, however, and are excellent at problem solving. They are very intelligent and learn quickly. The Silky Terrier is strong-willed and may become intolerant of strangers touching them if not socialized. They are keen, generally friendly, and lively. They require quite a lot of attention and interaction among their human family.
A big commitment is required to keep the Silky Terrier\'s coat lustrous and in top condition with no matting. Daily combing and brushing and regular shampooing is necessary. After bathing, they need to be dried completely. Do not let them get chilled. Trim their coat occasionally, keep the hair on the legs and knees trimmed short. Remove hair from their eyes by tying a topknot.
Collapsing trachea, genetic eye disease, both malignant and benign tumors, cataracts, Cushing\'s disease, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes disease, luxating patellas, and pancreatic disease.
They are an energetic dog who enjoys extended play sessions. They need regular exercise to maintain a well sense of being. Puppies should be accustomed to brushing early. Puppies should also be socialized and trained early on. If not, they may become territorial, bossy and unfriendly toward strangers.
Learning Rate: High. The Silky Terrier responds best to positive reinforcement. Obedience - Medium. Problem Solving - High.