Breed Profile Of The Silky Terrier
While the Silky Terrier may not be the most common dog breed in the United States, they are a wonderful small terrier that deserves a second look. This breed, developed over 200 years ago by crossing a Yorkshire Terrier with an Australian Terrier, tends to favor the Yorkie in color but the Australian Terrier in more robust build.
Unlike many of the terriers the Silky was not primarily a hunting or vermin dog; it was specifically bred to be a housedog. The breed has moderately high energy levels and needs to have a couple of brisk walks per day. The Silky loves to be the center of attention and is not a dog that is content to sit around on the couch and watch what is happening without getting involved.
As a very athletic smaller sized dog they are typically less than 12 pounds when fully grown. They have a smart, sharp, terrier face with bright, dark eyes and a slightly tapering muzzle. Overall the dog is very agile and has moderately long legs, small compact feet and a beautiful long single coat that is silky to the touch. Colors range from the blue and tan of the Yorkie through to a darker reddish color with a darker blue body. Because of the fine coat, regular brushing and grooming are required to prevent matting.
The Silky needs to live with people that really love dogs. This is a pooch that wants to be cuddled, out in the car with you and generally by your side all the time. They are not a good match for a household where they will be left alone for long periods of time or relegated to a kennel or outside. With their hunting background they can be active hunters and they do have a tendency to bark and chase, but this is all manageable behavior with training and socialization.