Dog Breed of the Month - September 2011
Purebred Dog Breed of the Month - September 2011
The Silky Terrier
• The Silky Terrier is one of the smallest members of the group of dogs called the toys.
• There are many small terriers that look very similiar looking to the Silky - especially the Yorkshire Terrier.
• In Australia, where these dogs originated, and in the rest of the world other than the US, this dog breed is known as the Australian Silky Terrier.
• This little dog breed is also known as the Sydney Terrier.
• These handsome little dogs are typically very energetic, graceful, fiesty and extremely playful little terriers.
• The typical life expectancy for this wonderful little terrier is usually around 13 to 15 years or so.
• Grooming can be an issue due to the fine texture of their coat and matting can be a bad problem if not prevented.
• Socialization is also highly suggested for this energetic and curiouslittle dog - especially while young and around other people and pets.
• These energetic little dogs can make really great family pets as long as they are in the right home.
• These little dogs do need lots of exercise - so don't let the small size fool you - this little toy dog can be a very active dog breed.
• Do not leave these little dogs unsupervised with smaller pets such as rats, hamsters, snakes, etc. - remember, they have been bred for centuries to help chase down and kill small animals which they consider a pest.
• Silkies come in many different colors such as blue with tan or red markings.
• Note: Any owners considering choosing one of these dogs needs to be aware that these little dogs need to have a very firm "pack leader" who is in control to avoid the whole issue of "Small Dog Syndrome".
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