silky terrier breed information

common health issues

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

Color Dilution Alopecia is seen in dogs with a fawn or blue coat color. Affected dogs may start to show signs of hair loss and itchy skin within six months of age. The condition results in a poor, patchy hair coat and can progress to widespread hair loss. Affected dogs can lead a normal life with periodic symptomatic treatment.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

Also known as aseptic necrosis of the femoral head, Legg-Calve-Perthes is a disease of the femoral head (or ball) of the hip and causes lameness in young, small breed dogs. The blood supply to the femoral head is cut off, causing the bone to die. Treatment inevitably requires surgery to the affected hip.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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