Silky Terrier

     

Intro

The Silky terrier is a dog that is also referred to as the Sydney terrier. This is a small and fine boned dog that is low set. The body is longer than it is tall as the dog has short legs. The back and front legs are equal in length as this is indicated by the level top line that the Silky terrier has. This dog has a wedge shaped head when viewed from the side. The skull is slightly larger than the muzzle. The Muzzle on the other hand is quite short.

The nose of the silky terrier is always black. The teeth of the dog are complete and the dog meets in a scissors bite. This dog has small and almond shaped eyes that are always dark in color with the exact color of the dog being determined by the specific color coat that the dog has. The eye sockets have a dark black skin around them. The Silky terrier has V shaped ears that are always erect and located at the top of the skull. The front legs of the dog are straight while those of the back are slightly arched.

Appearance

The dog has a silky coat as its name suggests. This coat can grow very long, with an average of 5 – 6 inches being seen. The natural color of the silky terrier is always black. The tail of the Silky terrier is set high on the back, though it is normally docked. It is important to note that docking of the tail is done in this breed, though the practice has been outlawed across most of Europe. Average height stands at 9 – 10 inches while the average weight range is 8 – 11 pounds.

Temperament

The temperament of the dog is seen as a courageous, alert and affectionate dog that loves attention. In most cases, they have a natural desire to be by the side of their master. This dog is also very energetic and it uses most of its energy to be at play. Despite the size of the dog, it is always advised that the dog should always be taught to respect the master as the pack leader. Teaching the dog to view their master as a pack leader is a good way that should guide the dog to good behavior. Poor leadership results to the dog taking up its own direction and behaving as it would desire. This is not advised as the dog will most likely be faced by multiple behavior problems.

The Silk y terrier has a tendency of loving to dig. Do not wonder why they do this when you are out on walks as it seems to be engrained in its genetic makeup. This dog is ever curious in exploring their surrounding world, thus they spend a lot of time sniffing around. The Silky terrier also adjusts well to travelling. Training the silky terrier is an easy and straight forward task as the dog is ever eager to learn.

Health Problems

Joint problems are common in the dog and these include patella luxation, inter vertebral disc disease and the Legg-Perthes.

Mortality

This dog enjoys relatively low mortality rates. The average lifespan is 12 – 15 years.

Grooming

Daily combing of the hair is necessary

Origin

It was created in the 1800’s from Yorkshire terrier cross and the Australian terrier. It was recognized by the AKC in a1959.