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Dogs are mentioned for the first time in literary history in Homer’s epic “The Odyssey”, written in the 9th century BC. The hero, Odysseus, has a faithful hound named “Argos”.
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
The Silky Terrier was developed in Australia by crossing the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. He is known within North America as the Silky Terrier but within his native country and the rest of the world as the Australian Silky Terrier.
He was created to be a pet companion for city-dwellers and has been known as the “Sydney Silky”. Nevertheless, the Silky is still a good ratter. He is also an effective snake killer.
The Silky really got his start in North America during and after World War II. Returning American servicemen who had been stationed in Australia brought back a few Silky Terriers. In 1954, newspaper photographs of the dogs caused an upsurge in demand as the Silky Terrier took America by storm. Hundreds of Silkies were imported from Australia to the United States.
Photos displayed courtesy of Fay Oatway, Annadeans Kennels, Prince Edward island
The Silky stands nine to ten inches (23-25 cm) tall at the shoulder. His weight ranges from 8-10 lb. (4-5 kg).
He has a long, straight, silky coat that is blue and tan, or grey. The blue may be silver blue, pigeon blue or slate blue, the tan deep and rich. The adult dog’s glossy coat falls from 5-6 inches (13-15 cm) long. There is a tan spot over each eye.
Despite his small size, extensive grooming and shampooing is necessary to keep that beautiful coat silky and tangle free. Daily brushing is a must to ensure he remains mat free. His hair should be tied back from his eyes.
After bathing, the Silky must be completely dried to prevent him from getting a chill.
Although his small size and companion breed purpose have him classified as a member of the Toy Group, The Silky Terrier is a true terrier. Spirited, lively, and energetic, he has been described as “a big dog personality in a small dog body”. He will make an alert watchdog, as he does have a tendency to bark!
A dog of clean habits and much charm, the Silky is a marvelous family pet. He easily fits into a multi-dog household. The Silky is loyal and entertaining and becomes a “one family dog”. He is best when raised with children who will not be too rough.
His small size makes him an ideal companion in even the smallest accommodation as long as he gets adequate exercise. Although he is not as active as other Terriers, he is happiest when receiving regular exercise and enjoys a good playtime.
The Silky is obedient and learns quickly, and thus is easily trained. Like other terriers, he will benefit from early obedience training and socialization.