These dainty dogs, who are often confused with the little Yorkies seen popping out of celebutante’s bags, are actually a little like celebrities themselves. When socialized, they’re one of the most adaptable and friendly breeds out there. You can take them anywhere and introduce them to almost anyone without worry. If they could speak, they’d likely say, “Look at me!”
Like many other small dogs, this breed doesn’t require a ton of exercise. They enjoy a daily walk to get out and enjoy the sights, but they are also happy running around their home and playing a game of fetch. They’re not a huge fan of dog parks, so you need not be close to one.
This dog doesn’t shed or slobber. Perfect for neatfreaks.
Barking and Volume:
Yappy and highly protective of their owners, these small terriers will bark at anything and everything. You’ll need to devote time to training if you want to curb this habit. Or at least give it a try.
Silky Terriers are intelligent and eager to learn. They will benefit from patient training designed to stave off “small-dog syndrome”–the belief that they’re bigger and tougher than they really are. If they’ve got the “syndrome,” they can become rowdy and destructive. A puppy class is a good idea.
Health Factors: Silky Terriers are a generally healthy breed. They may suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease and patellar luxation. They can also develop diabetes, cancer, eye disease and epilepsy. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: You’ll need to visit a professional every couple of months.
Training: Basic training is sufficient.
Daily brushing will prevent tangles and matting. Regular trimming of hair around the eyes is also a must. Both can be bonding experiences between you and your pup. You’ll also need to visit a professional for trims, every couple of months.
When trained and socialized properly, Silky Terriers can interact very well with children. If they’re not, the breed can react negatively to the poking and prodding of young children and can end up nipping or biting. Coach children on how to approach these little pups and they’ll have a best friend for life. Alternatively, you may want to wait until your children are older and more responsible before considering this breed.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Unafraid and completely confident, these little guys often think they have the same size and power as big dogs–which can make them stand up to animals they shouldn’t. They can also be predatory with smaller pets, like hamsters. Keep an eye on them in either situation.
Friendliness: Towards People
Silky Terriers are eager to earn the love of their parents and friends. Socialize them at a young age so they’re not skittish around strangers and you’ll have a dog that can adapt to any social situation and will accept and provide lots of affection.
BE PREPARED FOR: A big personality in a small package and daily time spent brushing your Silky.