All You Want to Know About Silky Terriers and Their Dog Breed

All You Want to Know About Silky Terriers and Their Dog Breed

Facts & Information About Silky Terriers and This Dog Breed from Our Dog Breed Selector...


The Silky Terrier was bred in the late 19th Century from Australian Terriers mixed with Yorkshire Terriers imported from England. The original name was the “Sydney” Silky Terrier because most were found din Sydney, Australia. By the 1950’s, they became known as the Australian Silky Terrier. The American Kennel Club made them an official breed in 1959, identified as the Silky terrier. Because of the petite build, they fit into the “Toy” breed for Dog Show purposes.


This fluffy dog is ideal as a companion and house dog. They are very portable at up to 10 lbs. and 9 to 10 inches in height. The Silky is slightly longer than it is tall. The head is triangular with almond eyes that are dark. They were originally bred to hunt and kill rats and snakes; therefore, many have a larger girth to support this job. The short legs support feet that are almost like cat paws. The ears are pointy and the tail is perky like a ponytail.

Coat and Color

The straight silky coat is fine and flat, so it does not matte as easily as its terrier ancestors’ fur. However, regular brushing prevents any tangles or mattes and maintains the healthy shine. The high set tail and short legs keep the Silky’s fur from dragging the ground. The Silky Terrier colors are tan and black, tan and blue, tan and silver or tan and gray. Some may have black, tan and silver. Others may be gray and white. The glossy fur coat naturally parts down the middle along the back, giving the small bundle a neat and groomed look.


Silky Terriers love to play with balls. Beware balls that fray, such as tennis balls, because they like to bite and chew. Harder rubber or plastic balls are just what they need for fetch and catch. They enjoy exploring small spaces they can fit into, so be sure to train them to their boundaries. Alert and energetic, they need playtime at least once per day. Another simple fun activity is to use a small pen light to get them to chase the light around on the floor. You and the dog will have many laughs with this exercise.


This adorable little fluff-ball will enjoy sitting with you while you read or watch a movie, then be ready to go at a moment’s notice. Leash walks, outdoor play, a stroll or rides to meet other friends, outdoor dining or concert watching are appropriate adventures for the Silky Terrier. The word “Companion” fits this breed perfectly, because he wants to be part of your life. So, keep them busy and avoid boredom to prevent bad behaviors.


The average life span of most terrier breeds is 10 to 15 years. Health issues can include dry skin, dental problems and choking or tracheal collapse.

Bred For:

Small vermin hunting, companionship

Important Silky Terrier Facts & Information:

Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Very energetic
Longevity Range: 11-14 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: Low 
Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: High
Tendency to Dig: High 
Social/Attention Needs: High
AKC Classification: Toy
UKC Classification: Terrier 
Prevalence: Common
Weight Range: Males: 9-11 lbs.Females: 8-10 lbs.
Height at Withers: Male: 10 in., Female: 9 in.
Special Features: Long Back. Upright ears (naturally), upright ears (naturally)

Additional Information

Regular shampooing will prevent dry skin so be sure to use a veterinary recommended formula. Do NOT walk your Silky (or any small breed) on a collar. They can certainly wear decorative collars that have their ID and licenses attached, but use a harness that fits your breed to prevent any chance of choking. The Silky Terrier’s small trachea is subject to collapse with any sort of pressure or pull around the neck. Brush their little teeth and massage the gums regularly. Once again, the Vet can give you exact guidelines and products that are best.


The purchase price of a Silky Terrier depends upon location and sex. AKC registered Silky Terriers can start at $250 and go up to $1,000. There is also a Silky Terrier Rescue program through the Silky Terrier Club of America. Follow the American Kennel Club recommendations for choosing a breeder and source recommendations for purchasing your precious Silky Terrier.

The Doggie Diva Dog Boutique would like to acknowledge the following sources:

Photo Courtesy of Google Search & the AKC: Silky Terrier Pictures

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