Silky TerrierCare

Very low shedding; odorless; full coat needs daily attention, shorter clips require less work.

This portable pooch can adapt well to any living situation, but make sure you have the time to devote to them - they do not like to be ignored, preferring to play fetch or go on walks with their family. Silkys are keen and energetic, so it's best to keep them occupied. The breed must also be bathed and brushed on a regular basis.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

The Silky is a small breed and has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

coat &GROOMING

Beyond regular weekly grooming with a brush and comb, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Long
grooming Weekly Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

Intelligent, bold, and energetic, they need human partners who will know how to channel that energy into daily exercise and training for sports and work. This portable pooch can adapt well to any living situation, but make sure you have the time to devote to them - they do not like to be ignored, preferring to play fetch or go on walks with their family. Silky Terrier's are so cute that people may be tempted to let them get away with undesirable behaviors. Owners must be strong and make rules and stick to them.

energy level Some Exercise

Silky Terrier &HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like patellar luxation and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Silky Terriers are healthy dogs.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Silky can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.

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