Silky Terrier

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Silky Terrier

The Silky Terrier also is known as the Australian Silky Terrier is a breed of dog that originated in Sydney, Australia. It is a small dog with a long and silky coat and an alert, playful, and smart personality which is a great companion in the house.

Silky Terrier is closely related to the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. They are suitable to live in an apartment, as long as they can get enough exercise in the outdoors, enough playtime and exercise will help them keep fit and healthy. A house with a yard is also advisable for them.

Silky Terrier Dog Breed Pictures

  • Silky Terrier
  • Silky Terrier with ball
  • Silky Terrier with white background
  • Silky Terrier

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Companion Dogs


9 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder


7 to 10 Pounds

Life Span

11 to 15 Years

Silky Terrier Appearance

The Silky Terrier has a dense long body and short-leg, their ears are small and erect, and their eyes are small and almond-shaped that comes in dark color. The tail is small and set high that gives them an active look. The Australian Silky Terrier coat is long, smooth, and glossy that hanging down but not reaching the floor it comes in a color of grey and white or blue and tan.

They need regular brushing of hair to avoid hair matting, bathe, and groom them as necessary and use the dog shampoo and conditioner for their fur to make it soft, silky, and smell good. Doing this as early as they age will make them feel comfortable in the process and make it easier for you to groom and bathe your dog.

Trim their nails once or twice a month to prevent injury in your dogs, long nails can also cause arthritis or other health concern in dogs. Short, neatly trimmed nails keep the feet in good condition and prevent our dog’s legs and our legs too from getting scratched when they excitedly jump up to greet us.

8 out of 10 dogs at the age of three have a dental problem like plaque and tartar, some have a worse dental problem that can lead to life-threatening and painful infections such as kidneys, heart, and liver infections, by a regular and proper way of brushing your dog’s teeth you can avoid this health problem. Good hygiene will make you avoid other health-related problem your dog might get, make them feel familiar and comfortable in the process of bathing and grooming, give them treat as their reward every time you finish the procedure.

Silky Terrier Size

The Silky Terrier is a small dog weighing around 3-5 kg (7 to 10 pounds), their height ranges from 23-25 cm (9 to 10 inches).

Silky Terrier Personality

Silky Terrier with ball

Like other types of Terrier Dogs, Silky Terrier loves to run after other animals especially small animals, they are active, alert, energetic, and playful at the same time. They are advisable to live in a place where they can run freely but they can also live in apartment as long as they can get enough outdoor activities to use their energy.

They can’t do better being left alone at home for long hours unlike other breeds of dogs, they might develop separation anxiety if you are going to leave for work and no one can look for them make sure to leave some distraction toys so they won’t get bored and back as much as possible.

Silky Terrier Health

Silky Terrier has an average life span of 11 to 15 years, They are generally healthy but like other breeds of dogs, they are also prone to some diseases. Not all of them will get any or all of these diseases but the following are the common diseases they can have.

Ear Infections The dog ear canal is more vertical than that of a human, forming an L-shape that tends to hold in a fluid. This makes dogs more prone to ear infections. Ear infections are typically caused by bacteria, yeast, or a combination of both. In puppies, ear mites can also be a source of infection.
Progressive Retinal AtrophyIt is characterized by the bilateral degeneration of the retina, causing progressive vision loss culminating in blindness.
HypoglycemiaYou may know this as low blood sugar.  When your dog’s body is deprived of sugar, its main source of energy, his ability to function declines, and, in severe situations, loss of consciousness or even death can result.
Von Willebrand’s DiseaseIt can be found in both dogs and humans, this is a blood disorder that affects the clotting process. An affected dog will have symptoms such as nosebleeds, bleeding gums, prolonged bleeding from a surgery, prolonged bleeding during heat cycles or after whelping, and occasionally blood in the stool. This is usually diagnosed between three and five years of age, and it can’t be cured. But it can be managed with treatments.

Feeding & Nutrition

Dog’s diet should be appropriate to their age, size, and activity. The Silky Terrier can do well in dry dog food formulated for a small-size breed of dogs, or even home-cooked food as long as it suits their needs. Don’t give too many treats because it can make them obese. Water is also a very important part of their diet, make sure to have them easy access to fresh and clean water all the time.

The recommended daily amount of high-quality dry food you can give to your Silky Terrier is 3/4 to 1 cup a day, you can divide it into two meals or give it once a day.

If you have any concerns about your dog’s health especially weight ask your vet for proper advice.

How much is a Silky Terrier?

The Silky Terrier puppies cost about $1200to $1500. While the basic cost of owning a dog range from $109 to $370 per month, it includes the food and treats, grooming, routine veterinary care, preventative medications and supplements, and lots more.

Nowadays hundreds of thousands of dogs are being abandoned that’s why instead of buying I suggest you adopt! Support those in need give them love and a home to stay in for the rest of their life.

Note:  The expenses of Taking care of a Dogs does not end in buying one after you bought or adopt your Dog you must provide their necessary needs, like Visit Vet ones a year for their health check-up, Complete and follow up Vaccinations, Foods and provide Vitamins as their maintenance and the most important is Time to play and cuddle with them, I think that’s the most affordable one, giving attention to them, proper care and lots of love from you…

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