Appearance

Silky Terriers are short and long terriers, being a mix of the Skye Terrier and Yorkshire
Terrier. Unlike the Yorkshire, however, the fur does not reach the feet but stops right
before them. They come in colors of blue and tan, grey, and blue and tan with a silver
topknot. Their topknot is apparent but not covering the face.

Temperament

Silky Terriers are spirited, friendly, and self-assured. They are confident and yappy,
much like the Yorkshire Terrier. Silky Terriers are possessive of their territory and can
be independent. They are relatively obedient if properly trained, however, and are
excellent at problem solving. They are very intelligent and learn quickly.

History

Developed in Sydney, Australia, the exact origins of their ancestry is unknown. They are
thought to be a cross between the Skye Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. What is known
is that they have been crossed by the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier, with
maybe some Scottish Terrier in them. MacArthur Little had a kennel of this breed, and
when he moved to Sydney the breed was subsequently called Sydney Silky Terriers.
Silky Terriers were once called the Sydney Silky.
Silkies should be accustomed to brushing
early. Puppies should also be socialized
and trained early on.
Coat:
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9 - 10 inches
High
Medium
13 - 16 Years
Straight, fine, flat, and glossy
Very Low
Australia
Blue & tan, gray, blue & tan with silver
High
Spirited, friendly, and self-assured
8 - 10 pounds
High
Silky Terrier