Silky Terrier Breed Profile


Among the endearing traits of the Silky Terrier is that they are intelligent courageous, alert, affectionate, spunky, cheerful, sociable and full of energy.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is not recommended for children due to its tendencies towards aggression.

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 even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 8 to 11 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include but are not limited to disc disease, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, diabetes, epilepsy, and Legg-Perthes.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be difficult with this breed of dog because this dog is from the terrier group. Shedding is minimal, however brush daily to prevent mats and tangles.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner lives in a house and has lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

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

Average Cost

You can expect to pay around $300 or more per dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Can be prone to aggression and to being snappish if startled or if they are mad.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog is prone to obsessive barking.

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