6-10 lbs
Japanese Chin
Silky Terrier
Silky Chin

The Silkin is a cross between a Japanese Chin and a Silky Terrier. This cute little dog is cheerful, fun, and affectionate. They love to be with their families and are very loyal dogs. They have a medium to long, silky fur which can be chocolate, cream, white, black, or a mix of colors. The Silkin adapts well to apartment living, and will be content with short periods of games and exercise. These dogs weigh between 8 to 11 pounds and measure up to 11 inches height.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Japanese Chin, Silky Terrier

Silkin Health

Average Size
Male Silkin size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 8-11 lbs
Female Silkin size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Collapsed Trachea
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Count
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Silkin Breed History

The Silkin is a hybrid dog that resulted from crossing a Silky Terrier with a Japanese Chin. In the 1890’s the Silky Terrier, initially called the Sydney Silky, was developed in Australia, where breeders crossed Australian Terriers with Yorkshire Terriers. Eventually these dogs got the particular Silky’s features and were recognized as a breed in 1906 in New South Wales, and in 1909 in Victoria. These two standards had a few differences, especially regarding the weight and ear type. Finally, in 1926 a revised standard was adopted. After World War II, the breed arrived in the United States, thanks to American servicemen and women who returned home and took the Silky Terrier with them. The Silky Terrier was acknowledged by the American Kennel Club in 1959, as a member of the Toy Group. The Japanese Chin is believed to have originated in the Chinese imperial court. Since these dogs were greatly valued, they were often given as gifts to foreign ambassadors. General belief is that the emperor of Japan received a Chin as a gift, this being the beginning of these dogs in the country after which the breed got their name. In Japan, these dogs were considered a separate being (chin) different from dogs (inu). Eventually the Chin was mixed with other breeds, probably with small Spaniels, giving him the appearance he currently has. The Japanese Chin was finally known in other countries in 1853, thanks to Matthew Perry who brought the concept of International Trade to Japan. These dogs rapidly became popular and were imported into the United States and Great Britain. President Franklin Pierce and Jefferson Davis were known to have Japanese Chins as beloved pets. The American Kennel Club recognized the Japanese Chin in 1888.

Silkin Breed Appearance

The Silkin is a toy sized dog with an average weight of 6 to 10 pounds, and height of 8 to 11 inches. This hybrid has an abundance of silky, straight fur medium to long in length. These small dogs have different coat colors, such as chocolate, black, white, cream, and mixed colors. They have slightly rounded heads and a short, flat muzzle. Their eyes are big and rounded, and their nose is small. The Silkin has a compact body with slender legs and small paws. His ears are often droopy, but some Silkin dogs may have pointy ears. His tail is medium-length and covered with short hair.  

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Silkin eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Silkin nose
brown Silkin nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Silkin coat
brown Silkin coat
white Silkin coat
cream Silkin coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Silkin straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Silkin Breed Maintenance

The Silkin’s fur is abundant and straight with a silky texture. The length of his hair is medium to long, so he is prone to getting tangles. A daily quick brushing will prevent the formation of tangles and mats. Frequent brushing will also help you keep your house free of dog-hair. These dogs are usually very clean, so they do not need to be bathed too often, a monthly bath will suffice. It is important to brush him before bath time, as the tangles will get harder to deal with and eliminate once the dog is wet. Also, brushing his teeth a few times a week is highly recommended (especially in small dogs) to avoid dental problems and bad breath. The Silkin needs to have his nails trimmed once or twice a month and his ears checked for dirt and excess moisture every week. 

Brushes for Silkin
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Silkin requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Silkin Temperament

The Silkin is a cheerful, playful, and loyal dog. They are very intelligent and curious dogs that are not afraid of investigating every corner. They are likely to open doors and drawers to explore what is inside. The Silkin is a very affectionate dog, they are a real lapdog, and they don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time. They require company and attention to stay happy and cheerful. These dogs are generally good with children and with other dogs and animals, but early socialization is important to avoid the “Small Dog Syndrome” which involves growling, jumping, chewing, barking and more. The Silkin might have a taste for hunting and chasing small animals, as the Silky Terrier does. 

Silkin Activity Requirements

Although the Silkin does not require a great amount of physical activity, they are still energetic dogs, which means they need daily exercise in order to expend energy and stay healthy. A short 15 to 20 minute walk twice a day, or a fun trip to the park will keep them happy and in shape. Your hybrid will also enjoy a fun game of fetch indoors. These small, affectionate dogs are not suitable for outdoor living, since they crave being with their families and suffer from separation-anxiety. Also, being such a small and delicate dog makes them vulnerable to predators and bigger dogs.  

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Silkin Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Silkin Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Silkin size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
Female Silkin size stats at six months
Height: 6.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Silkin size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
Female Silkin size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Silkin size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
Female Silkin size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs

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