Silky Terriers

With a tiny body and bold personality, these little guys are fun to be around. Here’s all you need to know about keeping the company of a Silky Terrier.   

He tops out around 10 pounds, but he wouldn’t believe it if you told him so. Silky Terriers, Silkys for short, are little dogs with big personalities, courage and heart. These pups can ward off intruders, play with the big boys and show off their athleticism with the best of them — which can be surprising for those unfamiliar with the breed.

Despite his attempts at being macho, the Silky Terrier is a loving and loyal companion that enjoys affection and attention. He’ll be your favorite couch buddy and hiking partner all in one.   

Why We Love the Silky Terrier

  • He’s a ton of fun in a tiny package! Compact and calm enough to live with you in your apartment, but vivacious enough to keep things lively, the Silky Terrier is a perfect mix.
  • A Silky is full of surprises because of his size. He’s a great guard dog and will sound the alarm when intruders approach, and he’s also very active and athletic. On the flip side, he’s easy to travel with and extremely adaptable.
  • These guys are generally super friendly and smart! They love being a part of the family and giving or getting affection, and are certainly trainable.

Things to Consider

  • These little pups can be yappers. If their barking habits aren’t addressed early on, you may find them barking at anything and everything.
  • True to Terrier form, Silkys love to dig. If you’ve got precious flower beds or landscaping, you’ll need to keep an eye out to make sure they stay in tact.
  • It is a Silky Terrier’s instinct to chase small animals and rodents. For this reason, they may not be the best choice if you have smaller pets in your home and will need to be leashed when in an unsecured area.

 Why Rescue?

Silky Terriers, like many breeds, have been victims of overbreeding and irresponsible breeding, which have led to the exacerbation of certain health issues. These can include Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Pattelar Luxation, Diabetes Mellitus, epilepsy and tracheal collapse. These problems can typically be completely solved with help from a vet, but due to the time and money required many end up in shelters instead of being treated. If you think a Silky Terrier could be the perfect pup, consider adopting a rescue!

Silky Terrier Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Silky Terrier puppy or an adult Silky, there are tons of pups near you just waiting to find their forever home! Here are just a few:

Sassy, sweet & vivacious
Avg. Weight
8 - 10 lbs
Weekly brushing required
Avg. Life Span
12 - 15 Years
Silky Terriers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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