Australian Silky Terrier

Australian Silkies are the fun-sized pups in dog world! They are compact with an alert disposition, perky ears and a watchful expression. They have a singe layered long and silky coat.

 

 

Other Names
Silky Terrier, Sydney Silky
Country of Origin
Australia
Colour
Although born mostly black, Australian Silky Terrier coats can vary between silver and tan or black and tan.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
The Australian Silky Terrier falls into the toy size category and generally weigh between 3 - 6kgs and stand on average from 22 - 25cms tall.
Health
Obesity is a common issue in small dog breeds, leading to diabetes, joint problems and kidney failure. Older dogs can be prone to Cataracts and Tracheal Collapse is also a risk in this breed.
Life Span
12 - 15 Years
Intelligence
These canine chums are very loyal and make great family and watchdogs if trained appropriately from a young age. Without proper discipline, Silkies can develop "Small Dog Syndrome" and become defiant and controlling. They are known to be playful and affectionate.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

With a small appetite, it is easy to overfeed a Silky. Obesity is a rising issue in small dog breeds.

 

 

Feeding Cost
Up to $5
Other Cost
Excercise
Although perfect as indoor dogs, a daily walk for your energetic Silky is a must.
Ailments
Obesity is a common issue in small dog breeds, leading to diabetes, joint problems and kidney failure. Older dogs can be prone to Cataracts and Tracheal Collapse is also a risk in this breed.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

Silkies need at least a 15 minute brush every day. Their long coats can become easily tangled. Another option is to have their coat clipped, according to your preference. To keep your Silky, well, silky, a bath every few weeks with a good shampoo and conditioner is necessary.

 

 

Grooming Frequency
Everyday
Trimming
Little
Australian Silky Terriers are true Aussies, developed in the nineteenth century and initially known as the Sydney Silky. Earlier breeds were crossed with British terrier breeds and later with the Dandie Dinmont, Skye Terriers and the Yorkshire Terrier, resulting in the toy size and silky coat the breed is now renowned for. The official name, Australian Silky Terrier, became known in 1956.


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