Australian Silky Terrier breed profile


The Australian Silky Terrier is the breed of dog that has a very strong attachment to its owner. However, its suspicious of strangers of all kinds as well as strange dogs. If the owner accepts a visitor into its home, chances are your dog will too.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is only friendly with children if they were raised around children. If they weren’t raised around children, the Australian Silky Terrier may find the mannerisms of children to be frightening and may try to bite because it may feel threatened. This breed of dog doesn’t like to be treated as an animated toy, instead they like to be treated as an equal.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan for this breed of dog is around 12 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 8 to 11 lbs.

Common Diseases

As lovable as this breed may be for some, they don’t come without their fair share of health problems. Some of the most common diseases prone to Australian Silky Terriers include but are not limited to cataracts, cryptorchidism, diabetes, hydrocephalus, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, lipidosis, lysosomal storage disease, patellar luxation, persistant pupillary membrane, progressive retinal atrophy and thrombocytopenia.

Housebreaking and Shedding Factor

If not groomed every day, the fur of this breed of dog will easily mat and tangle up. This breed of dog is an average shedder. Housebreaking can be attained with lots of patience, as small breeds of dog are generally difficult to housebreak. However, with this breed of dog it can be done with patience, love, and a lot of puppy pads.

Best Owner Compatibility

This breed of dog is perfect for the apartment or condo dweller, as even though they have a tendency to be high energy, a small environment will more than suffice. However, that being said, this breed of dog is not suitable for the frequent traveler, as they need constant human interaction or they will resort to destructive behavior. Best owner compatibility has room to roam and lots of love and attention to give. Keep in mind that apartments and condos have more than enough room to roam with all the nooks and crannies they tend to have.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy an this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning an Australian Silky Terrier isn’t relatively expensive. The average cost for the Australian Silky Terrier is around $550 to $800 or more per dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

The only things that may be mistaken for aggression is if they don’t know a stranger and snap at them and if they weren’t raised around children and suddenly find themselves surrounded by children. If suddenly surrounded by children and they weren’t raised around children, aggression may present itself.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog can be noisy only if its ignored or abused or neglected.

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