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Silky Terrier

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Dog Breed Group
Terrier Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Australia as a Rat catcher 
Life Expectancy
Into the teens 
Color
Blue and tan, gray, blue and tan with silver-blue top-knot. Tips of hairs should be darker at roots. 
Coat
Straight, fine, glossy. 
Exercise Needs
He is an energetic dog who enjoys extended play sessions. He needs regular exercise to maintain a well sense of being. 
Temperament
Spirited, friendly, self-assured. The keen, alert air of the terrier is characteristic, with shyness or excessive nervousness to 
Good with Children
Good with children if handled properly, best if raised with them. Makes an excellent companion for other dogs. Makes a good watc 
Grooming Needs
A big commitment is required to keep his coat lustrous and in top condition with no matting. Daily combing and brushing and regu 
Average Size - Male (in)
9 - 10 
Average Size - Female (in)
9 - 10 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
8 - 10 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
8 - 10 
Health Issues
Susceptible to collapsing trachea and genetic eye diseasev
Living Conditions
Apartment living is fine as long as he has sufficient exercise. 

Breed Description

Originally known as the Sydney Silky, the Silky Terrier is a breed that was developed in the Sydney area of New South Wales, and was first shown in 1907. He owes his existence to the crossbreeding of Skye and Yorkshire terries, and also of the Yorkshire and Australian terriers. His name was changed to the Australian Silky Terrier in the 1950s. He is moderately low set, slightly longer than tall, of refined bone structure, but of sufficient substance to suggest the ability to hunt and kill domestic rodents. His coat is silky in texture, parted from the top to the tail and presents a well groomed but not sculptured appearance. They are glossy blue-gray and tan, with a silver-gray or tan topknot. They are inquisitive by nature and joy of life make him an ideal companion. Developed as a companion dog, the silky is generally friendly and responsive, with a terrier-like alertness.

Breed Infobits

It is also known as the Australian Silky Terrier, Sydney Silky, and Silky Toy Terrier.
The Silky is an ideal pet for people who have limited space at home, but they do still appreciate being taken out for walks
The Silky Terrier is a wonderful little dog that brings joy to the hearts of millions of owners

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