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Silky Terrier

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The result of crossing Australian, Yorkshire and other terriers, the Silky Terrier enjoys a devoted following as a curious, playful and lively small companion.  Don't be fooled by it's small size, it is terrier through and through and requires a home that understands this nature and its demands.

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General Information
Group(s): TerrierToy Height: 9-10 inches
Weight: 8-10 pounds Longevity: 14-16 years
Colors: Rich tan lower legs and feet, underside of tail and muzzle, fawn or silver headfall. Coat type: Single coat of silky to slightly coarse textured hair; minimal shedding; groom weekly, bathe every 3-4 weeks
Recognized Registries: AKC
Overall Appearance: Compact, alert blue and tan coated terrier, very active and alert.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: Mostly high energy dog, not considered lap dog
General Nature: Terrier personality, curious, smart, active, playful, can be domineering.
  with Children: Not recommended for children under 5-6 years of age.
  with other pets: Depends on pet?s temperament, generally dominant. May chase cats.
  with dogs: can be good with proper socialization; tends towards a dominant nature
Socialization requirements: Must be worked with other dogs to be safe around them.
Ideal home characteristics: Someone home most of every day. No small children or rodent pets. Tightly fenced yard.
Temperament Notes: Typical terrier temperament ? often dominant, alpha characteristics shown.
Training requirement: Obedience training highly recommended ? must be taught the owner is in charge.
Trainer notes:


Dog must learn that the owner is the alpha dog of the ?pack? and to always respond to direction.  Since this dog generally feels he is in charge this takes some time.  Harsh corrections cause resentment.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition: late 1800s/early 1900s
Country of Origin: Australia
Original Function: Watchdow (announce strangers); vermin killers
History: Cross of Yorkshire Terrier and Australian Terrier with some other terriers included. Original standard drawn up in 1903, approved in 1956. It came to the US in 1940s ? also known as Australian Silky or Sydney Silky earlier.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: loss of silky coat and coloration to grays or black, are too large or small and are longer in body, may have missing teeth and wry or undershot bites and color may be very poor ? all red or all off white. Also ears folded down due to weight of hair.
Health Notes: General health very good. Some Cushings Disease, Epilepsy, Gastro intestinal problems seen. Missing teeth and bad bites are sometimes seen, and allergies.
Health Testing: CERF, DNA on sires
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • Do you have all your breeding stock cleared of eye problems by CERF?

  • Do you have a written contract and monetary guarantee on your puppies?

  • What titles do you have on your breeding stock?

  • What health problems are you aware of in the breed?

  • Is all your breeding stock registered?

  • Why did you choose this particular sire for this particular dam?

  • How often do you breed?

  • How long have you been in the breed?

  • At what age do you send your puppies to their homes?

  • How would you describe the ideal Silky Terrier?

  • How would you describe the ideal Silky Terrier home?

  • What advice would you offer to someone raising/training a Silky Terrier?

Web Sites:

http://www.geocities/silkyterrierclubofamerica/index.html - national breed club  -  this is the Silky Rescue Website  -  This is the email contact for Silky Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard:  - Standard of the Silky Terrier

Breeder Ethics:  - Breeder Ethics from the Silky Terrier Club of America

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