The Australian Silky Terrier is sleek miniature terrier which has the physical prowess to hunt rodents. It has a robust and wedge-shaped head with dark oval eyes which are small in proportion to its face. Adding on to it’s facial feature is two triangular ears that are connected by it’s flat domed skull.
Although a Silky Terrier is a toy dog, it is a tough little dog which has adapted to become a companion and watchdog. Despite its small stature, the Silky is a terrier at heart, and such energetic character which retains it’s hunting instinct that is directed to smaller animals such as rodents. This behaviour doesn’t bode well with other animals even dogs and as well as disrespectful children.
This breed is known for its beautiful, flowing silky coat which is long and sleek, parted down the back, and hanging five to six inches down, yet it shed minimally. This is a single-coated breed as it doesn’t have an undercoat. To keep the coat lustrous and tidy, regular shampooing and grooming is required to prevent tangles and matting.
An Australian Silky Terrier Average height is 22.5cm and weigh 3 – 6kg.
Their life expectancy is approximately 12 – 15 years.
Suitability for Children – Low
Tendency to Bark – Medium
Energy – High
Suitability as a Guard Dog – Low
Grooming Requirements – Daily
Trimming Required – Frequent week intervals
Amount of hair shed – Little
Food Cost – $5
Average Monthly Pet insurance Premium – $59