The Australian Silky Terrier dog breed exemplifies the expression “small dog, big personality.”
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Silky Terrier.
The silky terrier was developed during the early part of the 20th century by immigrants to Australia-generally from the UK-who took Yorkshire terriers with them, and consequently crossed them with native Australian terriers that they found in the New World.
2) Yorkshire Similarity
As mentioned, Yorkshire terriers imported to Australia were crossed with local Australian dogs-mainly small terriers themselves-to create a hybrid breed that retained many of the original Yorkshire terrier traits. The Silky terrier is, like the Yorkshire terrier, a small toy dog, with a coat colour that is referred to as blue and tan. The blue shade is in fact a steely grey colour, and the silky can only be found in this shade, unlike the Yorkshire terrier, which has more range for colour variation within the breed standard.
3) Love Sports
Silky terriers have earned titles and recognition ribbons for their impressive abilities while participating in special events. Due to their high energy and desire to stay occupied, silky terriers perform well in herding, agility, rally, tracking and fly ball, and many are successful show dogs.
4) Sharp and Quick
The silky terrier is a very watchful dog, and they also have a strong prey drive! If they catch movement out of the corner of their eye, they will soon forget about their pampered home lives and head off on the chase, which makes them playful and sociable little dogs, that generally get on well with others. They generally get on well with strangers and children, but they can become frightened with a lot of noise or rough and tumble, at which point they will generally retreat or become defensive.
5) Napoleon Complex
Nine inches tall, and 10 pounds at full maturity, the silky terrier is a keen watch dog. His energetic, assertive and spirited personality allows him to constantly be on alert of his surroundings, frequently barking to alert his pet parent of any disturbance.
6) Vermin Hunter
Silky terriers were originally bred to kill small rodents. They have a natural instinct and are always watchful for scurrying prey. Silky terriers' high energy levels allow them to outrun the vermin, act quick, strike and kill rodents.
7) Human Hair
Shiny, silky hair that is similar to human hair is a trait that draws many to this breed. While daily brushing for up to 3 to 5 minutes is required to keep the coat free of tangles and debris, silky terriers do not shed like most other dog breeds. Shedding is minimal and at a pace similar to the way humans shed their own hair.
The blue part of the silky terrier’s coat should glow and shine with lustre, and the length of the coat means that they need quite a lot of upkeep in terms of brushing and grooming! They need to be brushed and combed on a daily basis to prevent their fur knotting and matting up, and they must be groomed right down to the skin, otherwise they are apt to get knotted up in problem areas, such as under the belly and in the armpits.
9) Full of Energy
Curious and playful, silky terriers are full of energy on a daily basis. Taking walks, playing fetch and engaging in other games that allow them to run around frequently is best suited for this energetic breed.
10) Indoor Living
Due to their desire to be social and follow their pet parent around constantly, silky terriers are best suited as indoor pets. They enjoy going for walks and playing outdoors for short periods of time, but their preference is to be indoors with their pet parent and family.