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Silky Terriers

Also referred to as Sydney Silky or Australian Silky Terriers

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Silky Terrier

All About Silky Terriers

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Average Height & Weight

The Silky Terrier is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 9 to 10 inches.

Weight: 8 to 11 pounds.

Females – Height: 9 to 10 inches.

Weight: 8 to 11 pounds.

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Silky Terrier


Typical Coloring

Silky Terriers are commonly blue and tan.





Silky Terriers are an adaptable, amiable breed. They generally go with the flow, though one thing they cannot abide is not getting enough attention from their owners. They enjoy spending time with their families and have a joy-filled nature.




Activity Level

This high-energy breed needs more exercise than a typical Toy Group dog. Silky Terriers require daily exercise in the form of a walk or backyard activity. They love to explore, and they relish the chance to be let off their leashes in new surroundings, so long as owners keep a sharp eye on them.


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Breed Characteristics

Often mistaken for Yorkshire Terriers, Silky Terriers have a single coat that falls in a straight, glossy line. They are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed, requiring brushing or combing every other day. They are set low to the ground and have a delicate bone structure. Silky Terriers are longer than they are tall.



Age Expectancy

11 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Silky Terriers include intervertebral disc disease, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation and Legg-Perthes. Diabetes, epilepsy and tracheal collapse are seen occasionally within the breed.





Ideal Climates for this Breed

Silky Terriers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Silky Terrier


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Silky Terriers make good family pets and get along well with children. They are best suited for families without other pets, though, as they can be aggressive toward other dogs and household animals.  






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