Silky Terrier
Dog Breeds

Silky Terrier

Characteristics of Silky Terrier

Country of originAustralia
The sizeSmall
Growth23-29 cm
Weight4–5 kg
Age15–17 years old
FCI breed groupTerriers
Silky Terrier Characteristics

Brief information

  • The Silky Terrier is easy to train, which is why it has recently become a frequent feature in films. And sometimes he plays the role of a Yorkshire terrier – these breeds are similar in appearance;
  • Another name for the breed is the Australian Silky Terrier;
  • Its coat is similar in structure to human hair, in addition, these dogs do not have an undercoat.


The ancestors of Silky Terriers are wire-haired terriers, which were brought to the open spaces of Australia many years ago. First, Australian terriers and Yorkies were bred from representatives of this breed , and only at the end of the 19th century the American Kennel Club first mentions a new breed of dwarf dogs called the Sydney Silky, which is now called the Silky Terrier. Now the Silky Terrier breed has received official recognition from the International Cynological Federation , these dogs are distributed throughout the world.

Silky Terriers bond strongly with people. Owners of Silky Terriers manage to establish a real strong friendship with their pets. But sometimes, even in puppyhood, they prefer an independent and independent pastime. To strangers, these terriers are not hostile, show curiosity, friendliness and sometimes shyness.

These cute dogs get along well with school-age children and get along well in the same house with other dogs. The leadership qualities of these crumbs are simply off scale, so it is easier for them to make friends with a dog of the opposite sex. Natural pugnacity provokes the snares to start a fight with the enemy, in which both sides can suffer.


The Silky Terrier has a well-developed natural hunting instinct, and in Australia this dog is considered an excellent hunter of snakes and rodents. If a pet is left unattended, it will attack cats and is able to bite even a well-known hamster or guinea pig.

To correct the behavior of Silky Terriers, you need to train and teach them new skills. These animals are very smart and quick-witted, but at the same time quite capricious: they love to show character, break the rules and do their own thing. Sometimes friendship with the owner turns into a continuous extraction of the dog’s own benefit (for example, in the form of a delicious treat). Another distinguishing feature of the Silky Terrier is its sonorous voice, which the dog does not get tired of giving throughout the day.


It is advisable to bathe the Silky Terrier once a week. Shampoos for long-haired breeds are suitable for him. After washing, it is recommended to use conditioner. It is convenient to dry the pet’s hair after bathing with a hairdryer, pulling the strands down and combing with a brush.

In addition, the pet’s coat needs daily combing . At the same time, a dry dog ​​should not be combed, be sure to use a spray bottle with water. If you comb dry, dirty wool, it will break off and lose its gloss.

The owner of a silky terrier should have two combs: a main brush with soft bristles (the silky has no undercoat, and the dog can scratch) and a comb with two types of teeth. For a dog participating in exhibitions, the arsenal, of course, is much wider.

The owner will also need scissors: to remove hair on the tail and ears. There must be a nail cutter, otherwise the claws grow and cut into the paws.

Conditions of detention

Silky feels comfortable in a small apartment, but for the harmonious development of the dog, increased loads are needed in the form of daily long walks with the owner. Even after that, the Silky Terrier still has the energy to be active and entertain in the house. Much worse, if the Silky Terrier leads a quiet life, this is the first signal that the dog has health problems.

If the dog is kept in a country house, you should be careful: the yard should be fenced. The Australian Terrier is a curious creature that can run away.

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