Yorkshire Terrier Vs Silky Terrier Dog vs Dog Which is Better?
The Silky Terrier vs. Yorkshire Terrier debate
often stems from the misconception that they
are the same breed because of the remarkable
resemblance in the breeds’ appearances.
To clear things up, let’s examine both of
these wonderfully loving but remarkably similar
breeds Dog vs. Dog.
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Neither breed is a particularly old one.
The Yorkshire Terrier first appears in 1861
at a Benched dog show in England.
At the time they were known as the “Broken-haired
The Yorkie kept this title for about 9 years
until at one show a reporter commented that
the breed should be known as Yorkshire Terriers,
because the breed had improved so much since
their arrival in Yorkshire.
Originally the Yorkie was bred for the purpose
of catching rats in mines.
They were also used for hunting to burrow
underground after badgers and foxes.
The Silky Terrier originated in Australia
in the 1890s, when breeders crossed Yorkshire
Terriers, imported from England, with native
You could say they were a designer breed 100
years before the Labradoodle.
In 1926, Australian fanciers developed a solid
breed standard for the breed.
The breed has had several names: initially,
it was called the Sydney Silky Terrier.
In 1955, he became the Australian Silky Terrier
and is still the official name for the breed
In the U.S., the name was shortened to Silky
The likeness in appearance is striking, but
the two breeds are far from indistinguishable.
The most distinguishing feature is that Silky
Terriers have erect, V-shaped ears which are
set high on their head.
While the Yorkies also have erect, V-shaped
ears, but are turned slightly outwards.
Also, whereas Yorkies have a rounded head
with a shortened muzzle, the Silky has a more
elongated skull with a slightly longer muzzle.
As Toy dogs, when it comes to size, obviously
are far from being a large dog.
The Silky Terrier is larger and heavier than
the Yorkshire Terrier.
The Silky weighs 8 to 10 pounds with shoulder
height of 9 to 10 inches.
The Yorkshire Terrier weighs about seven pounds
with shoulder height of six to seven inches.
Both breeds share a lush coat of various blues
and tans that shed little to not at all.
The Yorkie’s coat can grow past floor length,
while the Silky’s hair usually stops at
just above the floor.
Both breeds have long coats that require daily
The Yorkshire Terrier might need more trimming
due to the longer coat, but the Silky Terrier’s
coat is more likely to get into tangles.Although
many people keep both breeds in a puppy cut
to reduce the amount of tangling.
Appearance aside, the Yorkshire Terrier and
the Silky Terrier are very much alike in regard
Both are very affectionate and loving companion
Though the Yorkie had its start as a working
dog, it stayed close to its owner’s side
which made the transition to lap dog rather
The Silky Terrier was purpose-bred as a companion
lap dog, though with both of its parent-breeds
(Yorkshire Terrier and Australian Terrier)
being ratters, it may be not surprising to
hear that the Silky Terrier has a reputation
for chasing after small animals.
With chasing and hunting in their bloodlines,
both breeds are known for being very alert
And, with many generations of being revered
lap dogs, both are quite suitable for that
Despite their hunting roots, they are not
outdoor dogs and are happiest while with their
They are both highly barky breeds, making
them great watchdogs, but it should be considered
if you live in an apartment.
When it comes to training these breeds, there
is one thing to remember, they are Terriers.
This comes with two important aspects of terrier
personalities: they are intelligent and they
Yorkies and Silkies are a very intelligent
breeds and learn quickly.
They do well with basic obedience, and tricks,
but they have a stubborn, independent streak.
Like other terrier breeds, Yorkies and Silkies
can be a handful to train.
They are willful and stubborn and most definitely
have minds of their own.
With both breeds, begin training early when
your puppy is amenable to the process, and
always conduct sessions with lots of praise
Keep the sessions short, as Yorkies bore easily
and try to vary the activity as much as possible.
Hey, what kind of puppy is this?
Let’s see how well you know your puppies.
Give your best guess what kind of puppy this
is in the comments and next week we’ll let
you know who is right.
And now back to these terrific terriers.
Energy and Exercise
Though their small size and delicate features
make both indoor dogs, it is despite their
diminutive stature that both are very active
and energetic and are rarely happy if not
taken outside for brisk walks and a bit of
exploring on a regular basis.
They are after all Terrier, ground dogs.
They love to dig, they love to run and they
love to romp.
But, they’ll also find joy in running around
your house or apartment as well.
Lifespan and Health
Both breeds have common lifespans for small
breeds at between 12 and 16 years, though
some can live quite a while longer.
Yorkies are prone to tooth decay, bronchitis,
bone fractures, herniated disks, as well as
The Silky is prone to tracheal collapse, diabetes
Other concerns include intervertebral disc
disease, elbow dysplasia and patellar luxation
or kneecap dislocation.
Which of these very similar, but somewhat
different breeds would you choose; England’s
Yorkshire Terrier or the Australian Silky
Let us know in the comments.
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