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Dog Breed of the Month - September 2011
The Silky Terrier

Purebred Dog Breed of the Month - September 2011

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.

Silky Terrier

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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