Silky Terrier

Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club

The Silky Terrier is a tenacious little fellow from Australia. These dogs look like royalty, but they were bred to run around the Outback. They can make wonderful apartment companions as long as they exercised appropriately!

Fun Fact

A Silky Terrier earned the Purple Cross Award, Australia’s highest honor for animal bravery, by defending an 11 year old girl from the very venomous Eastern Brown Snake.

  • About the Silky Terrier

    The Silky Terrier may look like a lapdog, but these little guys have a wild side. They were first bred during the late 1800’s in Australia by crossing the native Australian Terrier with the Yorkshire Terrier. The cross created an elegant, but energetic pup. Silkies like to chase and catch small prey. They have even been known to hunt snakes in Australia! This is a highly intelligent dog that must get the exercise it needs in order to stay out of trouble. Silkies have a long coat that needs brushed weekly to prevent matting, but shedding is rather minimal in these dogs. This is a people oriented breed that can make the best of companions with firm leadership.
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