Australian Silky Terrier

August 30th, 2008

The Australian Silky Terrier is full of energy, thrives on activity and loves constant playtime.


Personality: Intelligent, assertive and loyal, the Australian Silky Terrier is a happy, playful breed. Originally bred to kill rodents, they thrive on constant activity and are always on the lookout for scurrying prey. This breed is known to maintain a puppy-like attitude throughout life.

Suitable for: Full of energy, this versatile breed will adapt to any situation, making it suitable as a companion in a one-bedroom apartment or as a family dog. It usually devotes itself to one particular family member (usually the one who feeds it). The Australian Silky Terrier is great with children and will play with them for hours. Their small size makes them ideal household pets.

Favourite activities: Thriving on activity and entertainment, the Australian Silky Terrier enjoys a good ball game, chasing a Frisbee or going for a long walk to keep happy and healthy.

Watchdog qualities: Often thinking they are bigger than they actually are, the Australian Silky Terrier is a brave and assertive little dog with strong guarding instincts.

Hereditary disease: The Australian Silky Terrier is a very hardy breed. Patella Luxation (slipping of the kneecaps), the only genetic weakness, is uncommon today but has been known to occur in the breed. When looking for an Australian Silky Terrier, ensure you go to a registered, reputable and long-term breeder and look at both parents.

Breed Care

Daily: If you’re looking for a low-maintenance dog, then the Australian Silky Terrier is the dog for you. Twenty minutes exercise a day is sufficient for this breed, whether it be playing ball, chasing a Frisbee or going for a good long walk. A nutritious meal, plenty of fresh water and adequate shade will also keep this breed happy and healthy.

Weekly: The Australian Silky Terriers single coat doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and they just love a good brush. Twenty minutes a week should be sufficient with light grooming focusing around the eyes, ears, muzzle and underneath the tail. A weekly bath will also ensure their coat stays in tip-top condition.

Monthly: Treatment for heartworm, ticks and fleas is essential for the Australian Silky Terrier and their nails should also be checked and clipped regularly.

Ausilk silky terrier puppy 7week old


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