The Silky Terrier, also known as the Sidney Terrier, is a friendly, courageous and affectionate little dog, who wants to be your best buddy; he doesn't like to be left alone for many hours and be ignored.
Silky Terriers are very adaptable and will enjoy going everywhere with you; they do have a high activity level and like to play fetch and go for daily walks. They do best with a fenced-in yard to tear around in.
Silky Terriers can be stubborn and difficult to train but they are very intelligent. Housetraining can be especially challenging. They are alert and make extremely good watch dogs, as they usually only bark for a reason. They will raise the alarm whenever someone approaches your property. They can be dog aggressive and they have no idea how small they are. They do not do well in a home with young children because even though Silky Terriers think that they are tough, they are really quite fragile and could easily be hurt by a well-meaning toddler.
The Silky Terrier will have a lot of love to give you back given you give him some attention and affection. He is a very loyal little guy! Although small, he has the substance to hunt and kill domestic rodents. The general public occasionally confuses this breed with the Yorkie, but in reality, the Silky is larger and more closely related to the Australian Terrier. A friendly, joyful temperament and the lovely blue and tan coat make him an ideal companion.
Developed at the end of the 1800s in Australia, the Silky Terrier was created when a number of Yorkshire Terriers from England were brought into parts of Australia and bred to Australian Terrier bitches in an attempt to improve coat color in the blue and tan Australian Terrier. The resulting litters produced individuals shown as these three different breeds. The Silkys were then bred together until a recognized type was fixed.
The Silky Terrier is a member of the Toy Group, ranging in size from 9 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder and approximately 10-12 pounds. The life expectancy is 12 to 15 years. The females are a little smaller than the males. Silkys do very well in apartments as long as they have regular walks to vent their energy.
The Silky Terrier is intelligent and quite easy to train. He learns new commands quickly at an above average rate.
Straight, single, glossy, silky in texture. On matured specimens the coat falls below and follows the body outline. Silkys don't shed.
Silkys are born black and become blue and tan as they grow up to be adults. The blue may be silver blue, pigeon blue or slate blue, the tan deep and rich. The blue extends from the base of the skull to the tip of the tail, down the forelegs to the elbows, and half way down the outside of the thighs. On the tail the blue is be very dark. Tan appears on muzzle and cheeks, around the base of the ears, on the legs and feet and around the vent. The topknot is silver or fawn which is lighter than the tan points. The coat is prone to tangles and mats, and needs to be combed and brushed daily.