The Silky Terrier was developed in Australia in the 1800s when British Yorkshire Terriers were crossed with Australian Terriers. They were bred almost exclusively as companion animals and urban pets, and at nine to 10 inches tall at the shoulders, these adorable dogs fit perfectly on every lap. Given their parent breeds, though, you shouldn’t be surprised to know that they are excellent ratters, as well. American servicemen who were stationed in Australia brought the Silky Terrier back to the states with them when they returned after World War II.
Silky Terriers are happy, gentle dogs who tend to do well around children and other pets. Due to their small size, they make a great apartment dog, but they are active enough to need daily exercise. Silkies are also intelligent and alert, and will let you know if they find anything suspicious while on a walk or looking out of the front window.
Silkies are known for (and named after) their long, silky blue and tan hair coats, which need daily brushing and frequent grooming to maintain.
Although great family dogs, Silkies are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Silkies are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts; nerve problems such as spongiform leukodystrophy; hip problems such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; and joint conditions such as medial patellar luxation.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Silky Terrier inherits anything other than a beautiful coat, you’re covered.