Origin and brief history:
Silky Terrier, also known as Sydney Terrier or Australian Silky Terrier is a tiny breed of dog that comes from the Terrier dog family.
It’s called The Australian Silky Terrier because they were bred in Australia. However, their origins can be traced back to The Great Britain. The Silky Terrier is often confused with Yorkshire Terrier but in fact it is slightly bigger. Characteristics wise, it is closer to the Australian Terrier.
This breed of dog is known for its alertness and its level of stamina. It is a very friendly and joyful. They can be trained faster than the other terrier breeds due to their high intelligence and willingness to learn. They are also extremely affectionate and are full of spunk. They love attention and will constantly be close to their owners. Like all the other dogs from the Terrier family, The Silky Terriers also love to run, chase and constantly play. They also love taking walks. Playing fetch with their owner is their favorite pastime. Their loving nature makes them the perfect pet for a household with children as long as they are slightly disciplined.
The Silky Terrier’s coat barely sheds but it is highly prone to tangles and therefore needs regular brushing and combing. Frequent baths with a good shampoo will ensure that the coat remains thick and shiny. The hair on their eyes and ears may prove to be bothersome for the dog and hence should be either trimmed or tied up neatly in a knot.
Specification of breed: (height, weight for both male and female etc)
The Silky Terrier is about 9 – 10 inches (23 – 25 cm) tall and weighs about 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg).
Females tend to be smaller than males.
They can’t be placed in a household with other tiny pets like rabbits and hamsters as they might playful cause harm to these tiny animals.
However, they cause no harm to cats unless provoked.
The owners of this breed need to maintain a certain amount of discipline with their Silky Terriers. Otherwise, the tiny little dog will develop the Small Dog Syndrome, where he will assume that he has the right to dominate over the humans. If he believes he’s the one in control, there is bound to be a major change in his temperament. The dog will then become extremely troublesome to live with, for adults and especially for children.