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Silky terrier dog

Silky terrier dog breed health problems and silky terrier puppies training

The silky terrier dog, also commonly known as the Sidney silky terrier, was originally bred from other, older breeds that were imported from Great Britain.

Due to its small size, it is often classified as a toy dog, in spite of it being a terrier. The silky terrier dogs have rather long fur and erect, V - shaped ears.

The fine, silky hair is very prone to excessive tangling and matting. The silky terriers are single coated canines that will usually come in variations of blue and red, or blue with tan markings.

Owning one of these pooches has a number of advantages as compared to other breeds including the fact that their small size makes them easy to carry around as well as the fact that their alertness makes them very good watchdogs. However, as with most small dogs, their high energy levels could tend to be too much to handle for some laid back owners. The high maintenance and regular grooming required could also be very problematic for some and they do tend to bark excessively.

Like most terrier breeds, the silky terrier dog can be easily excitable and will start to chase any object or animal at the drop of a coin. They are also extremely impulsive as well as persistent, making training an absolute necessity to make sure the dog remains somewhat under the owners control. Silky terrier training is quite a straightforward experience because of the fact that these dogs are very intelligent and alert. It is essential that the animal be allowed to socialize with other canines and animals from a young age in order for it to easily adapt to the presence of strangers during its more mature adult life. The owner or trainer must also have a higher rate of determination than the dog to prevent the possibility of the animal suffering from small dog syndrome - where it may tend to believe that it is the leader of the pack and develop other character flaws including disobedience and destructiveness. These dogs are known to be very good with children as well as interacting with a number of non canine pets including hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs. While the silky terrier is a very active little fellow, it can easily adapt to apartment life, so long as it gets the right amount of exercise. They are known to live for about 12 to 15 years, but do suffer from a number of health concerns including elbow dysplasia, legg - perthes as well as patellar luxation.

  Submitted on October 27, 2009  

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