Silky Terrier

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 9in - 0ft 11in
Weight: 8-10lbs
Lifespan: 11 - 15 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount5/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount2/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance2/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly5/5

Silky Terrier Information

Silky TerrierThe Silky Terrier was created in Australia in the early 1900s when the Australian Terrier was crossed with the imported Yorkshire Terrier. As a result, he possesses the best of both breeds but with a unique silky coat of made up of blue and tan. It’s so glossy and healthy looking, even humans can’t help but be a little jealous.

The Silky has the trademark personality of a Terrier: he’s friendly, funny and full of life. The breed can be independent and stubborn at times but will win you over with his cheerful personality and high spirit.

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Breed FAQs

Can Silky Terriers be apartment dogs?

The Silky Terrier is an excellent apartment dog. They don't need as much space for activity and will be happy in a condo or apartment.

Can Silky Terriers be left alone?

While Silky Terriers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Silky Terriers good with kids?

Silky Terriers can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Silky Terriers friendly with strangers?

Although Silky Terriers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Silky Terriers get along with other dogs?

Although Silky Terriers will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Silky Terriers bark a lot?

Silky Terriers are known to bark quite often. This can be irritating for owners who aren't expecting it and they may require some training to limit the amount of barking.

Do Silky Terriers shed a lot?

The Silky Terrier isn't a heavy shedder. Some limited brushing and occassional cleaning should help prevent much hair build-up.

Do Silky Terriers need a lot of grooming?

Although Silky Terriers require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Silky Terriers need a lot of exercise?

A Silky Terrier will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Silky Terriers easy to train?

Although Silky Terriers can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Silky Terriers handle cold weather?

Silky Terriers don't like the cold and will likely want some protection if outside for long.

Can Silky Terriers handle hot weather?

Silky Terriers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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