Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier

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!

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 9-10in

Female: 9-10in

Weight

Male: 8-10lb

Female: 8-10lb

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 this Breed

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.

Silky Terriers on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Silky Terrier ancestry.

  • Diesel

    Diesel

    Purebred

    Chip

    Chip

    Purebred

    Joey

    Joey

    Purebred

    Prissy

    Prissy

    Purebred

  • Porter

    Porter

    Purebred

    Liu Liu

    Liu Liu

    Purebred

    Moose

    Moose

    Purebred

    Rusty

    Rusty

    Purebred

  • Tobi

    Tobi

    Purebred

    Denali

    Denali

    Purebred

    Carley

    Carley

    Purebred

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Rusty
  2. Max
  3. Joey
  4. Toby
  5. Bogey
  6. Buggie
  7. Ashes
  8. Charlie
  9. Billie
  10. Carlito

For Females

  1. Penny
  2. Stella
  3. Suki
  4. Betty Bean Hawtin
  5. Chloe
  6. Coco
  7. Carley
  8. Georgia
  9. Gigi
  10. Emma

Common Locations

  1. California, United States
  2. New York, United States
  3. Illinois, United States
  4. New Jersey, United States
  5. Ontario, Canada
  6. Rhode Island, United States
  7. North Carolina, United States
  8. Florida, United States
  9. Wisconsin, United States
  10. Pennsylvania, United States

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