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Silky Terrier

Life Span:~10 to 15
Litter Size: 2 to 3
Country of Origin: China

Size: Considered to be a toy dog, the male Silky Terrier stands at 9 to 10 inches and and weighs around 8 to 10 pounds. The females are generally smaller than the males

Coat: With colors blue and tan, gray, blue and tan with silver-blue top-knot, the Silky Terrier's coat can grow from 5 - 6 inches. But they cannot reach the feet like the coat of the Yorkshire Terrier's coat does. The hairs are fine, straight, flat, and glossy. Its tips should be darker than its roots. The blue and tan coat is parted down the middle from head to tail. Leaving the dog outside the cold weather is not a good idea since they only have a single coat.

Character: Due to its size and purpose, the "Silkys" are an excellent companion dogs. Leaving this dog alone for extended periods is not very healthy. They are very alert, which makes them an excellent watchdog. and they are very stubborn on some occasions.

Appearance: The Silky Terrier is a small, fine-boned dog with long, flowing hair. Their hair could grow up to six inches long. The shape of their head is flat between the ears and have a shallow stop. Their nose is black as its almond-shaped and piercing eyes. The V-shaped ears stand erect and are set high on the head. The coat is blue with tan markings. Their body is usually longer than their height.

History: The purpose of this breed was more on companionship and a house pet rather than a working class dog, which is typical across Australia. There are various reports that suggest the origins of the Silky Terrier. Some reports indicate that the they are the a descendant of mixed Yorkshire Terrier (from Scotland) and the Australian Terrier (descendants of the rough-coated type of terriers from Great Britain). Other say they are just Australian Terriers born with silky fur in an attempt to create a separate breed. The name of the breed was initially called Sydney Silk, which was a crossbred between a Yorkshire Terrier and the Australian Terrier according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), since it was found primarily in the city of Sydney, Australia. Although the Australian Silky Terrier was recognized by the Australian Kennel Council in 1958 in the Toy Group category, It was only in 1992 that the Australian Terrier, Australian Silky Terrier, and the Yorkshire Terrier that they was clearly defined since all three might be born in the same litter. The breed is recognized by all major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world.

Health Issues: With proper diet and a healthy living lifestyle, the Silky Terrier is generally a healthy breed. These are some of the issues that could affect your breed: collapsing trachea, genetic eye disease, both malignant and benign tumors, cataracts, Cushing's disease, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes disease, luxating patellas, and pancreatic disease.

Temperament: The keenly alert air of the terrier is characteristic, with shyness or excessive nervousness to be faulted. The manner is quick, friendly, responsive.

Care: Owning a Silky Terrier required a deep sense of commitment as this requires a lot of work to maintain, especially with their coats. It is highly susceptible to tangles and matting, and it requires a daily brushing and combing regiment. To keep them "silky" smooth, regular bathing with shampoo is vital. Use Avocado and Oatmeal shampoo to alleviate the itchiness and drying of the skin.

Training: When training a Silky Terrier, use consistency and kindness. They are very highly responsive when they are being rewarded and praised. Try to enroll them in obedience class if you are not familiar with the breed. Make sure that they are trained as early as 6 mo. old. This will not only benefit the trainer, it will benefit the owner as well.

Activity: The Silky Terrier needs regular exercise to maintain a well sense of being. Since it is in their nature to be territorial, bossy, and unfriendly toward strangers, train the puppies to be more sociable with other dogs and members of the household.
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