Silky Terrier

Toy Group

Silky Terrier lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

9-10 in

Weight

~10 lbs

Life Expectancy

13-15 yrs

History

The Silky Terrier originated in Australia around the end of the 19th century. It is likely that they are the result of crosses between Australian Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers, possibly with some Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, and Skye Terriers thrown in the mix. Silky Terriers generally served the role of companion animal, although they were known to be skilled at killing snakes.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Silky Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆

★★

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★★★


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

☆☆

Common Traits

Lively, friendly, and bold with a tough attitude

Love to bark, dig, and chase small animals

Curious, playful, and active

High energy but are generally chill at home if their exercise needs are met

Very people-oriented and need companionship- they may become destructive if left alone for long periods of time