Silky Terrier

The silky terrier is a mini version of a working terrier, and as such keeps the vital qualities of a vermin hunter. It’s somewhat longer than tall, although of elegant bone, it must nonetheless have enough strength and material to indicate that it might kill tiny rodents. The gait is totally free and light-footed; the saying is piercingly keen. The right, single jacket is slick and glossy, after the body outline as opposed to falling to the ground.

The silky terrier is not any mellow lap puppy. It’s daring, feisty, curious and lively, ever ready for action — a terrier in mind. It may be aggressive toward other dogs or pets. It’s smart, but will be uncooperative, and can be understated. It has a tendency to bark a lot.

AKC RANKING 68
FAMILY terrier
AREA OF ORIGIN Australia
DATE OF ORIGIN Late 1800s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION companion, small-vermin hunting
TODAY’S FUNCTION earthdog trials
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 9-10 Weight: 8-11
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 9-10 Weight: 8-11
OTHER NAME Sydney silky, Australian silky terrier
This is an energetic strain requiring slightly more exercise than most toys. It enjoys a medium walk on leash, but particularly enjoys the opportunity to nose around on its own in a secure location. A lot of its exercise demands could be fulfilled vigorous games at the lawn, or even home. Despite its hardiness, it’s not a strain for outside living. Its coat needs brushing or combing each other moment.
  • Energy levelHigh energy
  • Exercise needsLow
  • PlayfullnessVery playful
  • Affection levelModerately affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward other petsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersFriendly
  • Ease of trainingModerately easy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityNot very protective
  • Grooming needsModerate maintenance
  • Cold toleranceMedium tolerance
  • Heat toleranceMedium tolerance
• Major concerns: none
• Minor concerns: intervertebral disc disease, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, Legg – Perthes
• Occasionally seen: diabetes, epilepsy, tracheal collapse
• Suggested tests: elbow, knee
• Life span: 11 – 14 years
From the late 1800s, Yorkshire terriers were attracted to Australia from England. These dogs had dramatic steel-blue and tan coat coloration and have been bred with the native tan and blue Australian terriers in a bid to enhance the latter’s jacket color whilst keeping its stronger conformation. The Yorkshire terrier and the Australian terrier proved rather recent improvements in crosses of quite a few other terrier breeds. A few of the descendents from such crosses were revealed as Yorkshire terriers and a few as Australian terriers. Some, however, were exhibited under a new name — silky terrier — since it was believed that they had been the launch of another breed, intermediate in size and jacket length between its own parental stock. Interbreeding those silkies failed, in actuality, create a true breeding strain in a brief moment. Since the strain was created in two distinct regions of Australia, different breed criteria were drawn upward from every region in 1906 and 1910, with weight function as significant disagreement. In 1926, a revised standard encompassing all regions was approved, with weights that were accepted being a bit of a compromise. The strain was popularly called the Sydney silky terrier in Australia until its title was changed to Australian silky terrier in 1955. In the united states, its title has been altered to silky terrier in 1955, only before its recognition by the AKC. Though not a rare strain, the silky terrier was somewhat slow to pull admirers and is just fairly common.
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