The Silky Terrier is a true "toy terrier".
He is moderately low set, slightly longer than tall, of
refined bone structure, but of sufficient substance to suggest
the ability to hunt and kill domestic rodents. His
inquisitive nature and joy of life make him an ideal
companion. The keenly alert air of the terrier is
characteristic. The manner is quick, friendly, and
Approximate size of a Silky is 9 to 10 inches at the
shoulder height. They are of
a fine bone but maintain muscle and strength of a much larger
dog. They do not think they are small but a large dog in
a small "suit."
The Silky may not be the breed for every
home. You must be willing to add another intelligent
being to your family as a Silky can be much like having a 2-3
year-old child loose in the home. They do not like being
neglected or forgotten and if left alone for too long a time
they will find entertainment that may not be to your
A Silky isn't hyper but they do have tons of energy
and love to play fetch, go for long walks and in general, be involved
in whatever the family is doing! They are loving but independent
in nature. They are not generally what are considered 'lap dogs'.
Small children do not do well with a Silky due to terrier nature.
Food in the hands of small children is fair game for a Silky as well as
chasing their feet when they run.
Silkys are mistaken for Yorkies sometime, but they are much
more like their cousin the Australian Terrier. Take a look at the
comparison of the three by clicking below.
Silky Terrier Club of America, Inc.
Breeders Working Together
- To encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Silky Terriers in the U.S. and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.
- To accept and follow the Standard of the breed as adopted by The American Kennel Club.
- To do all in its power to protect and advance the interest of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition in all AKC events.
- To do all in its power to protect the breed from indiscriminate breeding, puppy mills and the buying and selling of litter lots of the breed.
- To conduct sanctioned matches and licensed specialty shows under the rules and regulations of the AKC.
- To discourage false advertising, claims and statements pertaining to the breed.