SILKY TERRIER DOG

A XX century compound of the two popular toy, the Silky Terrier combines the virtues of the Yorkshire and the Australian Terriers. The Silky has the best of both sides: the charm of a small breed dog and the courage of the Terrier. Own. William A. and Stephany S. Monteleone.
The Silky Terrier is an authentic Terrier with a silky, smooth, fine and shiny coat, not so long to reach the ground or hide its outline, well kept but not groomed looking. The abundant over the head forms a bun, silver or fawn colored. The Silky Terrier stands from 23 to 25 cm to the withers, no more no less. The ears are small and “V” shaped, erect and high inserted, lacking long hair. The skull is flat, the stop moderated. The neck is medium length and fine; the upper outline straight, without sinking; the chest is medium wide and deep, to the elbows; the body quite low, and the tail docked in countries where not forbidden, high inserted, well provided with hair but without bristles. The shoulders well sloped backwards; the forelegs straight and with fine bone structure, the feet catlike and small. The legs strong but not heavy, well angled, low hocks. The feet small, but with good plantar pads catlike. The nails have to be black or very dark. Color: blue and tan or grey blue and tan; the tan should be rich and intense. The blue at the tail should be dark. The tupe is sought in silver blue or brindle.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
A real “ascent” for small dog, that doesn’t leave its toys or hair all over the house. Well educated, the Silky is obedient and responsible. A problematic Silky is a spoiled Silky. 
 
The lively Silky Terrier is an ideal miniature Terrier, easy to care for. Its hair, almost human, doesn’t shed and loves to be inside the house with mom and the family. Even so, it is not a simple lapdog; it is rustic enough to be outside, and in Australia it was used for hunting. It tolerates children but can’t stand being groped by the smaller ones. It is easy to teach, and despite its silky hair, it continues being a “dog”, and with plenty of instinct! It is not nervous, so it should be treated as a Terrier, not as a toy.
 
DEVELOPMENT             
The Silky weighs between 1 and 2 kg after eight weeks. The dewclaws and tail should be docked to a third after the first week. The color of the body changes from a silver blue to a smoky blue with tan on the face and feet, and the fawn bun. Physical maturity is usually reached after 18 months, when it has developed its height and coat and adult color. The ears are raised after four months. The Silky puppy should be extroverted and kind. The timid puppy can turn into a fear biter. The Silky needs plenty of sociabilization and devotion from the human family. It needs plenty or discipline and consistency. A well bred Silky can turn protective of its family and the home territory, and is a good guardian.
 
The Silky puppies are not too silky from the beginning. The hair needs almost 18 months to grow. 
 
HEALTH
After four months or before, the Silky ears raise by itself. Own. M.L. and S. Stegemann.
The average longevity of the Silky Terrier is between 12-13 years, although some individuals have reached almost 20 years. This is a resistant breed, rustic, ornamented with a luxurious coat. Hair care is not excessive; usually regular 15 minute sessions are recommended. It requires very little trimming. Regular exercise and teaching constant discipline is essential. As a breed, the Silky Terrier is relatively free of health problems, although there can be cases of common anomalies in toy breeds. Such as hypoglucemia, chriptorchidism, kneecap luxation, kidney stones and diabetes mellitus. The Legg-Perthes disease has also been documented. In addition, although rare, a storage disease has occured in the breed. Affected specimens can be normal at birth, but do not grow properly, and later die from this disease.