American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Silky Terrier


History

Simply created for the preference of trying to accomplish a better color palate of the Australian Terrier, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Australian terrier were crossed. This resulted in the creation of the Silky Terrier which then only ever was, and still remains today - a companion breed.

Appearance

The Silky Terrier is a small breed dog that is generally 9-10 inches in height and weighs an average of 8-11 pounds in weight for both males and females. This breed is easily mistaken for a Yorkshire Terrier to those with an untrained eye. In defense, this breed is built small, thin and low to the ground with a very small wedge shaped head, and two larger, triangular shaped ears standing firm at the top of their skull. This breed has a very flat and defined appearance directly from under their neck straight to their front paws. Their tail is generally docked. Their single layer coat is very silky in texture and is generally 5-6 inches in length. This coat is only available in their distinct markings of blue and tan, and lighter shades of this color combination. Please note some Silky Terriers appear more red than tan.

Temperament

With a constant want and need to be by their owners side, the Silky Terrier is extremely smart, active, alert and knows what he or she wants. This breed is best for those who are able to take their dog with them to work, when traveling or able to spend a fair amount of time with them when they are home in order for the breed to remain happy. This breed requires a good amount of both physical and mental exercise daily. When not receiving enough of either of these daily, the Silky Terrier can become destructive and develop excessive barking habits. This breed requires a firm and confident owner who is able to set rules and boundaries early on and keep them in place. As always, only positive reinforcement training methods are recommended. Silky Terrier's can do well with other dogs he or she is raised with, as proper monitoring should always be in place if he or she will be among larger dog breeds, to ensure safety. This breed does enjoy hunting small vermin while outdoors, but also indoors; due to this, they are not recommended for homes with non-canine pets. This breed requires a proper harness and leash while outdoors at all times or a properly installed fence.

Grooming

This breed requires daily brushing and bathing when needed. We recommended professional grooming on a regular basis.

Special Notes

Please note, a proper harness and leash is very important for this breed while outdoors at all times, or proper fitting harness and leash for their safety. This breed can develop diabetes and have trachea issues. Fully educate yourself about the Silky Terrier prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care to your new addition. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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