Silky terrier

Other names: Australian Silky Terrier, Australian Silky Terrier, Sydney Silky, Sidney Terrier

3.0 / 5
0 reviews

The Silky Terrier is a small dog, compact in constitution, with fine lines but not without substance, particularly recognizable by its long silky and straight hair, hence its name. The gaits of the Silky Terrier are characterized by free and frank movements, with a good impulse of the hind limbs and an appreciable flexibility of the hocks and stifles.



Photo: Silky Terrier dog on Woopets
Hair type Long
Origin Australia
Template Small
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 3 kg to 5 kg From 23 cm to 25 cm
Male From 3 kg to 5 kg From 23 cm to 25 cm
Subscribe and receive all our advice on the Silky Terrierdocument.addEventListener (‘DOMContentLoaded’, () => {$ (document) .ready (function () {// Retrieve #id elementsif (pattern.test (mail)) {if (! partners) {}var dataString = ‘id =’ + mail + ‘& partners =’ + partners + ‘& source =’ + encodeURIComponent (source) + ‘& action = registration’;$ .ajax ({success: function (html) {var obj = jQuery.parseJSON (html);}});} else {}return false;});});});

History of the breed

the   Silky terrier   descended from the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier . The breed was developed from the first half of the 19th century on the basis of a range achieved after mating with a female terrier haired blue stiff, originally from Tasmania, and breed male Dandy Dinmont Terrier. It was a Briton living in Sydney, Australia, who had the idea. The first standard of the Silky Terrier was established in 1900.

The breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on October 3, 1962. Its official FCI standard in force was published on October 8, 2012.

Silky Terrier Pictures

Photo of Peppa, Silky TerrierPhoto of Candy, Silky TerrierPhoto of White, Silky Terrier

View all Silky Terrier photos from Woopets members

Physical features

His hair: fine, long (not excessively so as not to interfere with the dog’s movements), flat, shiny and silky in texture.
Its color: blue or tan whatever the tones. The most intense possible. Ideally with a silver-blue or fawn-colored toupee.
Its head: moderately long, strong, with the characteristic appearance of the Terrier type, of moderate width between the ears. The skull is flat, the nose black, the lips tight, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors.
Its ears: small, V-shaped, with a thin flag, set high, straight and covered with short hair.
His eyes: oval in shape, small in size, dark in color and displaying a look full of liveliness and intelligence.
Its body: writable in a rectangle, its height at the withers being less than its length. The neck is moderately long and moderately arched, the top line straight whatever the dog’s position, the loins robust, the chest moderately wide and high, the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: carried straight or slightly curved, but never curled over the back, nor curved.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Silky terrier   is a dog with a balanced temperament , animated by a remarkable liveliness and ardor. Despite his small size, he still shows courage and determination , like all Terriers. Imbued with a certain nobility, the Silky Terrier is an excellent companion , very attached to his master and his family.

The Silky Terrier
is it right for you?
Take the test!



The education of the Silky Terrier requires a dose of firmness and a lot of gentleness . Firmness so that he knows the behavioral limits not to be crossed and gentleness so as not to offend his sensitivity and preserve his personality. No form of brutality should be used against this dog. Conversely, it is recommended to focus on positive reinforcement techniques, including encouragement and rewards.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Silky Terrier can adapt to all lifestyles , appreciating the comfort of an apartment as much as the freedom of a house with a large garden. It is suitable for all masters, as long as it receives the necessary daily care and the activity it needs.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Silky terrier   is a rather robust dog despite his small size. However, we note in this breed some predispositions to diseases and abnormalities, including the following: alopecia (loss of hair), persistence of the ductus arteriosus, testicular ectopia (undescended testicle), diabetes, hydrocephalus, dislocation of the patella, collapse of trachea, dermatitis.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

Minor concerns
Tracheal collapse
Diabetic sugar
Testicular ectopy
Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease
Occasional concerns
Patella dislocation

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Silky Terrier dog insurance .

function showAssuranceForm () {var siteReferer = var id_race_association = ‘257’; //console.log(id_race_association);success: function (html) {}});}document.addEventListener (‘DOMContentLoaded’, () => {$ (‘# assuranceModalBanner’). on (‘’, function (event) {showAssuranceForm ();});});

Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Silky Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

Calculate the human age of your Silky Terrier!

To choose… 1 year 2 years 3 years Four years 5 years 6 years 7 years 8 years 9 years 10 years 11 years old 12 years 13 years 14 years old 15 years old 16 years old 17 years 18 years old 19 years old 20 years 21 years old

Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Silky Terrier is a dog with little odor, if at all, and shedding very little hair, but it requires a lot of maintenance to keep its coat looking groomed.

It is recommended that the dog be brushed daily so that his stiff, silky and shiny coat looks its best. He can take a bath every month.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. If they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Silky Terrier is between 800 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

250 €
€ 350

The annual maintenance cost of a Silky Terrier is between $ 250 and $ 350.

No name is currently proposed. Use our tool to find the name of your Silky Terrier!


The Silky Terrier is satisfied with high quality kibble , but he also enjoys meals based on meat, rice and vegetables. Their diet must be adapted to their level of physical activity, their size and their age. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day .

Want the best for your dog?

Create the tailor-made diet for your Silky Terrier

I discover !

PROMO -30% | Delivered to you!

Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Silky terrier   needs to stay active on a daily basis , including one to two outings per day and various exercises to ensure alertness and balance.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


Master character <span class="btnTooltip qTip2" title="- Calm: the master must be gentle and know how to show patience.
– Active: the owner must be energetic and dynamic to live in harmony with his dog.
– Hyperactive: the owner must be stimulating and very restless to suit the temperament of his dog.”>

We talk on the forum

welsh terrier / AIREDALE TERRIER

Guest message

Article on shih tzus, chihuahuas, bichon and yorkshire terrier

Message from Toutourazzi

Room N ° 9: The American Staffordshire Terrier

Message from loveasian

flight of my yorkshore terrier bitch emi

Message from Chantal Pelaprat

Looking for a Boston terrier

Message from MaMoune Do.ati

Do you have a question about the Silky Terrier?
Do not hesitate to ask Woopets visitors for advice on the forum!

FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1962


Related articles

Badlands Ranch Dog Food Review

Badlands Ranch Dog Food Review Are you contemplating buying Badlands Ranch Dog Food for your dog? More specifically, their Superfood Complete? Then this Badlands Ranch

Dog Pelger Hu ë t anomaly

What is the Pelger Hu ë t anomaly of and dogs? What are its characteristics? Is it possible to diagnose and treat this abnormality? and


Frisian water dog

Other names: Wetterhoun, Frisian Water Dog 5.0 / 5 0 reviews Navigation The Frisian Water Dog is a sturdy, well-proportioned dog of strong build, rather

Dog assistance guarantee

and dog assistance guarantee more comprehensive care than dog health insurance. It includes nursing and transportation costs in case of disability, positioning devices in case

This site uses cookies.
By continuing to use our site, you agree to our T & Cs and the use of our Cookies & amp;trackers as well as those of our partners in order to offer you content, services, personalized advertising and to generate statistics & amp; audience analysis.