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Silky Terrier

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Silky Terrier

Silky Terriers, also known as the Sidney Terrier, are a low-set, long-haired terrier. The silky coat is about 5 to 6 inches and has no undercoat, making it very prone to tangles and matting. The coat is parted down the middle and should not reach the floor. Coat colors include blue and fire red or blue with tan markings. The head is flat and wide between the ears and has a shallow stop. The topknot should be lighter than the tan points. The eyes are small, dark and almond-shaped with dark rims. The nose is black and the strong teeth are well-aligned and meet in a scissor-like bite. The small ears are v-shaped, erect and set high. The topline is level and the chest is medium wide and deep. The feet are small and catlike and are well-padded with dark colored nails. Dewclaws should be removed when the tail is docked. Silky Terriers are born black.

Temperament Silkies make excellent traveling companions. They are intelligent, alert, spunky, cheerful, affectionate and sociable. Though they are not lap dogs, they like to be close to their master. They have plenty of energy and are enthusiastic diggers. They can be a bit willful, but are watchful and protective. They are loving with children if they are raised with them. They can become very vocal if not properly trained. They are reserved with strangers and should not be trusted with other pets. This breed can become very jealous and will pick fights with other dogs. They are very eager to learn, making them easy to train.
Height, Weight Height: 9-10" ; Weight: 8-11 lbs.
Health Problems This is a healthy breed. Minor concerns include intervertibral disc disease, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, Legg-Perthes, diabetes and epilepsy.
Living Conditions Silkies will do great living in an apartment and are fine without a yard.
Exercise This breed is very active and is full of energy. They enjoy regular chances to run and play but will adapt to the energy level of the family.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming The long, straight coat on this breed needs frequent attention or it will mat. Daily brushing and combing is essential. The Silky's coat is long and soft, but is never intended to cascade clear to the floor like that of the Yorkie. It should stop about knee-level, leaving feet exposed.
Origin Both the Australian Terrier and the Silky Terrier were developed in the 19th century by Australians using various British terrier breeds. Records show that blue and tan broken-coated terriers of about ten pounds were renowned watchdogs around Tasmania, even in the early 1800s. Other terriers of that era in Australia were sandy colored. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Toy, UKC Terrier