The Australian Silky Terrier, also known as the Silky Terrier or simply “Silky,” is a small dog breed that originated from Australia. This breed was created by crossing Yorkshire Terriers and Australian Terriers in the late 19th century.
The average height of an adult Silky terrier is around 9-10 inches, with a weight of about 8-11 pounds. They have a beautiful long coat that hangs straight and comes in shades of blue and tan. The eyes are oval-shaped and dark in color, while the ears are erect and triangular.
This breed has many personality traits that make them ideal companions for people of all ages. They are friendly, loyal dogs who love nothing more than spending time with their family members. Though they may be wary at first when meeting strangers, Silkies generally warm up quickly once introduced properly.
Silkies possess hunting instincts inherited from their terrier ancestors so they need to keep busy mentally to prevent any undesirable behavior such as digging or chewing things up.
Overall this breed tends to live between 12-15 years on average if cared for well but there are some health issues which could include hip dysplasia; patellar luxation which can cause arthritis; Legg-Calve Perthes disease among others though not common ones like eye problems seen frequently in other breeds
Australian silky terriers thrive on activity—especially when it includes interaction with humans! Daily walks would be beneficial for both physical exercise needs as well as mental stimulation requirements . A few short sessions throughout the day rather than one long session helps them meet their energy demands
Special Grooming Needs:
Regular brushing will help keep your silky’s coat looking healthy & shiny! Some trimming might be required every now & then
Nails should be trimmed monthly/bi-weekly depending on how fast they grow.
Routine grooming allows you to discover any new lumps or bumps which should be shown to the vet if they do not disappear
Starting training early on will establish discipline while providing intellectual stimulation and preventing potential issues. Obedience is always a key component of early training – specifically, commands like sit/stay/come/fetch etc can help reinforce positive behavior.
Compatibility with children/pets:
The Australian Silky Terrier are generally good around kids who treat them well; however socializing your dog will prevent bad reactions when it comes to handling.
Silkies get along well with cats but may display dominant behaviour towards other dogs unless they are brought up together.
Silkies have been known for their active barking habits despite being relatively small in size.
They often become very attached & protective of just one person out of the family so proper training in familiarising with everyone would be advisable
Some famous silky terriers include Toto from The Wizard Of Oz film, as well as Boo Radley’s faithful companion Tim Johnson from To Kill A Mockingbird. Queen Elizabeth II famously owned several silkies over her lifetime.