The Silky Terrier is a friendly dog that makes the perfect companion for many families. It was initially developed in Australia during the 19th century from the Yorkshire Terrier and the Australian Terrier.
- The Silky Terrier rates 4 out of 5 of the most intelligent dog breeds. It doesn't struggle much while learning new tasks or during training. But while it's bright, a Silky Terrier can sometimes become stubborn. Therefore, it needs a lot of attention and rewards during training.
- This purebred dog weighs 8-10 pounds when fully grown. They are confident and playful and can quickly get bored when left alone for long hours, resorting to destructive behavior. Additionally, they don't do well when relegated to a kennel outside the house and prefer to play inside.
- Initially, this terrier breed hunted small rodents during the 19th century. And using its instincts and a watchful eye, the terrier uses its high energy to chase and kill small rodents such as mice and squirrels.
- Silky Terriers do not shed, but they do require regular upkeep in regard to their fur. Owners should prepare to brush their Silky Terrier’s hair daily to keep tangles at bay in addition to regular grooming appointments.
- Silky Terriers sometimes suffer from separation anxiety when left alone too often.
- Although they can get fewer infections with vaccination, silky terriers can sometimes get diabetes, tracheal collapse, and allergies.