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Australian Silky Terrier

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The Silky terrier, also known as the Sydney terrier is a toy dog with a small frame, fine bones and low to the ground. The body is a bit longer than it is tall. The Silky has a wedge-shaped moderately long head that is flat between the ears. 

 

Other names: Silky
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Origin: Australia
Life Span: up to 15 years
Weight: Up to 10 lbs.
Height: Up to 10 inches
Group: Family Dog
Litter Size: 4- 5 puppies

 

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Silky Terrier

The Silky terrier, also known as the Sydney terrier is a toy dog with a small frame, fine bones and low to the ground. The body is a bit longer than it is tall. The Australian terrier was crossed with the Yorkshire terrier to create this Silky terrier breed of dog reportedly in Sydney, Australia in the 1890s, although some claim the breed was in existence prior to then. Despite their heritage and start, puppies with rough and silky coats from the same litters made a bold appearance at the turn of the 20th century. After many years of experimentation with the breed, this dog finally got its name in 1955 as the Australian Silky terrier, establishing its own club in 1959.

 

The Silky terrier, also known as the Sydney terrier is a toy dog with a small frame, fine bones and low to the ground. The body is a bit longer than it is tall. The Silky has a wedge-shaped moderately long head that is flat

between the ears. The skull is slightly longer than the muzzle and presents a black nose. Their teeth has a scissor bite, almond-shaped dark colored eyes and small V-shaped ears set high on top of the head. The Australian Silky terrier has catlike feet and straight front legs. The tail is high-set and normally docked.

 

The long silky coat of fur comes in various colors from reds, tans, blue with tan and other markings. They are typically born black and change colors as they mature. Because of the texture and length of the fur, these dogs require frequent brushing and grooming.

 

This particular terrier is beautiful and elegant, boasting a big and bold spirit. They are very loyal and make great companions. Like many other small breeds, this dog thinks it is much larger than it is because of its terrier bloodlines. They can be tenacious, fearless with attitude, and fond of barking, digging and chasing. They definitely need obedience and socialization training at a very early age. This little guy needs a lot of exercise, whether going for daily walks, playing games in the yard or inside of the home. Because of its size, the Silky can adapt in any living environment from an apartment, condo or home with or without a yard.

 

This dog can do well with the elderly or homes with older children and other companion pets. They do need to be handled with care and kindness since they are small. They usually grow up to 10 inches tall at the withers and weigh up to 10 lbs. As small as he is, this is a great watch dog, at least vocally. This is a very loyal family dog.

 

Some of the medical issues that can affect the Australian Silky terrier are leg-calf-perthes disease, patellar luxation, diabetes, epilepsy and tracheal collapse. For the most part, this is a healthy dog that should get regular health check-ups from your personal veterinarian. They do however need to be groomed by brushing and combing the coat at least every few days, brush the teeth weekly, clip the nails and clean the ears. Many pet owners prefer to get the dog’s coat clipped with a short haircut for ease of care as it can tangle very easily. With proper medical, nutritional and grooming care, your Australian Silky terrier can provide you at least 15 years of devoted and fun companionship.


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