Breed Group: Toy
Color: Blue and tan
Height: 9 – 10 inches
Weight: 8 – 11 lbs
Description: The Silky Terrier, also called the Sidney Terrier, is a fine-boned, moderately low-set, long-haired terrier.
It is compact but lightly built. It has erect, v-shaped ears and a docked tail. (Docking is illegal in some European countries.) The head is flat and wide between the ears, with a shallow stop.
The nose is black and the eyes are round and dark with a piercing expression. The teeth should form a scissors bite with a sturdy jaw.
The body is slightly longer than tall with a level topline. The round, catlike feet are small and well-padded. Dewclaws should be removed.
The coat is long, about 5-6 inches (12-15 cm). The fine, silky, shiny hair has no undercoat. It is very prone to tangles and mats unless frequently groomed.
The coat should not reach the floor. The hair is parted down the center of the back. The coat comes in blue & fire red, or blue with tan markings. Many shades of blue are permitted.
The topknot should be lighter in color than the tan points. Silky Terriers are born black.
Temperament: This loving, little terrier is very intelligent, courageous and alert. Affectionate, spunky cheerful and sociable, they like to be close to their master, but do not accept them to be a “mellow” lap dog.
They are full of energy. Curious about everything, it is an enthusiastic digger. Active, keen and demanding. Smart and quick, though a bit willful as with most terriers.
Despite its size, this docile dog is watchful and protective. Normally these dogs are very loving with children if they are raised with them, but they can be snappish if peeved and should not be rough-handled or teased.
A hardy little fellow, it is a good dog to travel with. It makes an excellent watchdog but can become a barker if not controlled. They are reserved with strangers and not generally trustworthy with other pets.
Socialize them well with cats when they are still a puppy or they will chase them when they get older. They can get jealous and pick fights with other dogs. Training these dogs is very straight- forward because it is very eager to learn.
Health problems: Generally healthy. Minor concerns are intervertebral disc disease, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, and Legg-Perthes. This breed sometimes is afflicted with diabetes, epilepsy, tracheal collapse.
Living conditions: The Silky Terrier is good for apartment life. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
Exercise: The Silky Terrier is full of energy. It has surprising stamina and will enjoy regular chances to run and play, however, they will adapt to the family’s circumstances.
Life expectancy: About 12-15 years.
Grooming: The Silky Terrier is very prone to tangles and mats and needs daily combing and brushing.
It should be bathed regularly to keep the hair in top condition. It takes quite a commitment from its owner, requiring about 15 minutes a day.
After bathing, make sure the dog is thoroughly dry and warm. The coat must be trimmed occasionally, and the hair on the legs from the knees down is often trimmed short.
The hair that falls over the eyes is tied up in a topknot so the dog will be able to see easier. The Silky Terrier sheds little to no hair.
Origin: The Silky Terrier has originally developed in 19th century Australia from other terrier breeds such as the Skye and Cairn but primarily the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier.
American servicemen stationed in Australia during World War II brought Silky Terriers home with them after the war. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1959 and its standard was established in 1962 (and later updated in 1967). Though the Silky Terrier has always been primarily a companion dog, this swift little dog can catch domestic rodents.