The Silky Terrier dog breed exemplifies the expression “small dog, big personality.” Weighing just eight to 10 pounds when full grown, he’s tough and confident, perhaps because of his heritage as a hunter of small prey. Beneath the feistiness, however, is a loving companion dog who loves to stick close to his person.

Key Vitals of Silky Terrier Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
Silky Terrier Dog Companion Dogs 9 inches to 10 inches tall at the shoulder 8 to 10 pounds 12 to 15 years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

Silky Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Adaptability parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Sensitivity Level. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Being Alone. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 1 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather.. This means Silky Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather. parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

Silky Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Friendly Dog.. This means Silky Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Friendly Dog. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers. parameter.

Health Grooming:

Silky Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Health Grooming.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Health Grooming. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding.. This means Silky Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Amount Of Shedding. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 1 out of 5 in Drooling Potential.. This means Silky Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Drooling Potential. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Easy To Groom.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Groom. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in General Health.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in General Health. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Weight Gain. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 1 out of 5 in Size.. This means Silky Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Size. parameter.

Trainability:

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Trainability.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Trainability. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Easy To Train.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Train. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Intelligence.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness.. This means Silky Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Potential For Mouthiness. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Prey Drive.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Wanderlust Potential. parameter.

Exercise Needs:

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Energy Level.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Intensity.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Intensity. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Silky Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness.. This means Silky Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness. parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Companion Dogs

Height

9 inches to 10 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight

8 to 10 pounds

Life Span

12 to 15 years

Highlights

Silky Terriers are active dogs who need exercise and mental stimulation. This doesn’t mean strenuous hikes or hours of retrieving, but it does mean you’ll need to provide more activity than tummy rubs on the couch.Although they need exercise, they can make good apartment or condo dogs.Silkies have a strong prey drive and will chase cats, squirrels, rodents, and sometimes other dogs. A Silky may not be the best choice if you’ve got other small pets. Also, keep your Silky leashed when you’re in unsecured areas to avoid having him disappear into the wild blue yonder when something small and furry streaks by.Silkies like to be with their families and are happiest when they can spend the whole day in your company.Despite the long coat, Silkies are fairly easy keepers. But they do require some grooming: thorough brushing two to three times a week and a monthly bath.Like all terriers, the Silky enjoys digging. To save your flowerbeds, either consider another breed, or train your Silky to dig in a specific area. It’s much easier to channel the instinct than to suppress it.Barking, another terrier trait, is a much-enjoyed pastime for Silkies. Although you can teach your Silky a ‘Quiet’ command, he’ll still bark when he thinks it’s necessary. The upside is, Silkies are excellent watchdogs.Silky Terriers can be good family dogs, but because of their scrappy personality, children should be about 10 years old and up.Although they’re generally friendly, Silkies can be territorial and aggressive toward other dogs if they’re not socialized properly.A Silky shouldn’t be left unattended in a yard. He’s small enough to be considered prey by larger wild animals, terrier enough to dig his way out, and Silky enough to get into mischief.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.