If you are after a small dog that has absolute loads of personality, the Australian Silky Terrier could be a match made in heaven. Read on for more.
Characteristics of the Australian Silky Terrier
The Australian Silky Terrier is classified as a toy dog and they are compact and set low to the ground. At the wither, they are only about 9 inches tall. The Australian Silky Terrier has a keen, alert looking face with upright ears and a watchful look. They are a long haired breed and the coat feels lovely and silky. The dog is born as black and tan and the coat changes to a silver and tan colour with blue along the spine as the dog ages. However, some Silky Terriers will not change colour.
The Australian Silky Terrier Temperament
The Australian Silky Terrier is a great family pet but it will usually bond most closely with one member of the family and be friendly with the rest. It will generally only tolerate strangers or people that it doesn’t know. The Australian Silky Terrier is great with kids if they are raised with them but they are not a fan of fussed over or treated like a toy. It wants to be an equal. It is also great with other pets if they are introduced at an early age. Because they are intelligent and mischievous, it is recommended that they go to obedience classes. The Australian Silky Terrier also loves to play.
Caring for an Australian Silky Terrier
The Australian Silky Terrier is a long haired breed and it enjoys grooming, especially if a routine is created when it is a puppy. How much grooming will depend on the actual length of coat. Daily brushing or brushing a few times a week is generally recommended, however. Bathing can be done as necessary. The Australian Silky Terrier will not require too much in the way of exercise but it does love to go on walks or to explore in a dog friendly park.
The Australian Silky Terrier will generally live for around 13 years on average but with a good diet and some extra care, they can live for up to 15 years. The Australian Silky Terrier is a hardy breed but as they are prone to dental problems, they should be given raw bones from a young age. Buying your dog from a good breeder will also mean that it is much less likely to have eye defects, or patella luxation, which can occur in the breed.
Who is The Australian Silky Terrier Suited To?
The Australian Silky Terrier is best suited to people that are looking for a true family companion and that are happy to have their dog living inside with them. They are not an outdoor dog and should not be treated as such. While exercise is needed, it doesn’t have to be a walk. A 20 minute hard play session inside your home is generally enough.