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Physical Characteristics

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Breed Group:

The Silky Terrier is a member of the Toy and Terrier Groups.


8-11 lb. (4-5 kg.)


9-10 inches (23-25 cm.)


This breed is born black, then develops a blue and tan coat.


The Silky Terrier sports a single, straight coat with silky and glossy hair.



This rugged breed is quick and inquisitive. The friendly Silky Terrier is responsive and devoted to its master. It wears a keen expression.

Country of Origin:



In the 1800s Yorkshire Terriers from England arrived in the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales. Crossbreeding with Australian Terriers helped improve their blue and tan coat. They hunted small vermin. When exhibited under the new name of Silky Terrier, they developed a new breeding strain. America servicemen during World War II brought these terriers to the US.


Sydney Silky, Australian Silky Terrier, Silky Toy Terrier. Nickname: Silky.


The Silky Terrier is playful, but stubborn. This breed may show aggression to other canines or pets.



Their insistent nature may make training difficult. Socialize the Silky Terrier when young with cats. Otherwise, they are eager to learn and perform a variety of tasks. Some dogs excel as performance dogs.


Provide exercise daily such as a moderate walk on a leash and vigorous games. They like to explore in a safe area. Their roles include watchdog and therapy dog.


Owners should consider the possessive nature of this dog. This terrier can be jealous. The Silky Terrier is not suitable for children. Never tease or be rough. Some dogs may snap. This breed should not be trusted with other pets or left alone too long. With its barking, this terrier makes a good watchdog.


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