Silky Terrier

"Yorkie + Aussie = Silky"

Photo of Silky Terrier


Silky Terriers are cousins to Australian Terriers, both Toy breeds developed “down under” to help clear the property of creepy critters, such as mice, rats or even snakes. Crossing of the Aussie Terrier to the English branch, the Yorkshire Terrier, and perhaps others such as the Dandie Dinmont Terrie, developed a distinct strain which became the Silky.


The Silky is truly a terrier; thus, they can be scamps, scattering laundry about the house, staring down the pet guinea pig in its cage, barking a welcome or warning to all who walk down the street. Yet, they can be charming, fun and great companions. As plucky as they are, they're still Toy dogs that like to lie beside their favorite person. They have no concept of their size and are likely to challenge a larger animal that crosses them.


The Silky Terrier's ears are erect, giving the dog an alert appearance, and the tail is docked in the Western world. Eyes are round and dark. Their blue and tan coat is, as advertised, silky, and reaches about “knee” length on the dog.


These are bright, intelligent dogs, but training, especially for competition, takes a patient soul willing to work with and around the foibles of a terrier tempted with various distractions indoors or out. They can zip around an agility course in no time flat.

Grooming & Care

Frequent brushing (2-3 times a week) of a dampened coat is suggested to avoid tangles. The Silky has a part from brow to tail. Occasional trimming of stray ends is done by scissoring hair on the ears. Minimal shedding occurs with proper coat care. Trim nails and clean teeth, and he's all ready for his social appearances.

Health Concerns

As with all Toy breeds, patellar luxation can be a problem, along with Legg-Perthes, so parents should be OFA certified free of these diseases. Tracheal collapse can be a problem too, so harnesses are better for walks than collars. Epilepsy also exists in the breed.

Famous Silky Terrier

Rossi the Silky went viral on Twitter when the rescue who had him asked what his name should be.

Ideal Owner
Activity Level 4
Schedule 6
Home 43
Children 49
Experience 51
Quick Facts
Grooming 110
Exercise 60
Challenges Barks a lot, will chase small animals.
Height 9 to 10 inches
Weight 10 to 12 pounds
Life 15 to 16 years
Home Alone 84
With Kids 114
With Strangers 91
Availability 95

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