Silkland Terrier

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15-20 lbs
9-11"
United States
Silky Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
The Silkland Terrier is a hybrid mix of the Silky Terrier and the Westie (West Highland White Terrier).  This mix combines two toy pure breeds which both demand your attention - but how could one refuse these adorable and cuddly little companions!  Both parent breeds contribute liveliness, energy and love to the bio mix of this little darling family member. She'll make a wonderful addition to your family, though she'll likely try to rule the roost if the leader of the pack isn't established firmly and early in her life. To mention, she has lap-sitting down to a science!
Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
Silky Terrier, Westie (West Highland White Terrier)

Silkland Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Silkland Terrier size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Silkland Terrier size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Seborrhea
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy (Lion Jaw)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Diabetes
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM)
  • Leukodystrophies
  • Chronic Hepatitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Malassezia Dermatitis/Otitis
  • Retinal Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Various Blood Tests

Silkland Terrier Breed History

The Silkland Terrier is a hybrid mix of the Silky Terrier and the Westie (West Highland White Terrier).  While there is a bit of information available about the appearance and temperament of the hybrid, there is none available as to where and when it was developed. It is probably safe to assume that this hybrid originated in the United States, sometime in the late 1900's or early 2000's when interest in combining pure breeds for a variety of reasons became more popular.  We'll take a brief look at the background of the parent breeds to appreciate this canine.  The Silky Terrier, a.k.a. the Sidney Silky and the Australian Silky Terrier, originated in Australia in the 1800's.  It is believed that the Yorkshire Terrier and some native Australian terrier breeds are included in the ancestry of this, the only "toy" breed to have come from Australia.  Though she was bred for companionship and not utilized routinely for hunting of vermin, don't let her delicate size fool you as she is the true terrier and quite able to do so! The Silky Terrier was brought to the United States by returning soldiers at WW II, where it was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959.  It is currently the 100th most popular canine breed in their registry.  The Westie (West Highland White Terrier) originated in the Scottish Highlands, also being known as Roseneath Terrier, Poltalloch Terrier, the Highland and the West Highlander,  in the 1800's.  It was bred to hunt small game, finding a niche in the mining communities, farms, mills, villages, homes and gardens.  The Westie breed originally was red but, when, in the 1900's, one of the red hunting dogs was killed mistakenly for a fox, they began to breed them to produce the white color that we see today, the previous breeding habit being to do away with the white puppies at birth to preserve the red color of the original breed. The Westie came to the United States and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 where it ranks as the 41st most popular canine breed in their registry.  The Silkland Terrier hybrid itself is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Dog Breed Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America and the International Designer Canine Registry.

Silkland Terrier Breed Appearance

The Silkland Terrier is a hybrid mix of the Silky Terrier and the Westie (West Highland White Terrier) and, as such, can inherit the appearance traits of one or both parent breeds.  Breeders and owners of the Silkland Terrier hybrid describe her as 9 to 11 inches tall at the shoulders and weighing 15 to 20 pounds.  She has a thick and silky coat of varying length of which the common colors are black, brown, white or cream.  Her eyes are dark brown and almond-shaped, ears are small, V-shaped, set high and carried erectly.  She has a black nose and scissors bite.  Her tail is set high and short, carrot-shaped and carried high.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Silkland Terrier eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Silkland Terrier nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Silkland Terrier coat
White
cream Silkland Terrier coat
Cream
brown Silkland Terrier coat
Brown
black Silkland Terrier coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Silkland Terrier straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Silkland Terrier Breed Maintenance

Your Silkland Terrier hybrid falls into the high category for maintenance and is a constant shedder, though her coat is considered hypoallergenic. Her coat is thick and, depending on which parent was dominant in the bio mix, can be longer or shorter, needing to be brushed several times a week to remove loose hair, debris, mats and tangles as well as distribute the natural vitals oils through her coat to keep it healthy and beautiful. She will need to have her ears checked weekly, cleaning them as necessary with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear wash.  Check her toenails weekly, too, it is likely that she'll need them trimmed on a monthly basis unless she is able to keep them worn down with her normal exercise activities.  It is recommended that her teeth be brushed two or three times a week at home to prevent the development of periodontal disease which can cause tooth loss over time.  She is considered in the low category of drooling and doggy smell.  She is an active little canine and will need to have all of that energy managed on a daily basis.
Brushes for Silkland Terrier
Pin Brush
Dematter
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Silkland Terrier requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Silkland Terrier Temperament

Your Silkland Terrier is a hybrid mix of the Silky Terrier and the Westie (West Highland White Terrier) and can inherit any of the temperament and personality traits of one or both of the parent breeds. Breeders and owners describe her temperament and personality as alert, affectionate, friendly, energetic, intelligent, sweet, playful and lively.  She is considered a good fit for new owners and, if appropriately socialized at a very early age, she will get along well with kids, the family cat, dogs and, though warily, even with strangers.  She is an occasional barker but, rest assured, there will be no approaching stranger or friend or family member who will get by her very vocal alarm abilities.  This trait lends her to being a great little watchdog!  She has a high hunting drive and a moderate tendency to wander, making it important to keep her on leash when outside the house, fenced yard or other safe enclosure.  She has been gifted with high energy levels from her parent breeds which will need to be managed daily and she's easy to train, being very eager to please.

Silkland Terrier Activity Requirements

Your Silkland Terrier is a pretty energetic little family member.  She'll need 1 to 2 hours a day of appropriate exercise to manage this energy.  She'll love those daily walks, though they needn't be long since she is small, as well as playtime in the dog park or fenced yard.  She'll also be quite eager to be involved in interactive games of fetch, Frisbee, hunt and seek (inside or outside) and obedience and agility training.  Her small size makes her perfect for apartment or condo living, as long as there is a commitment made for her exercise needs.  She can also live quite nicely in a family home with or without a fenced yard, in a rural or urban setting.  She is best suited to a temperate climate, where the weather is neither extremely hot or cold, but she can live anywhere as long as she is provided appropriate protection and precautions made to protect her from the temperature extremes.  She has a high hunting drive and moderate tendency to wander.  This makes it vital to keep her on leash when outside the house, fenced yard or other safe enclosed area, that is unless you fond of chasing her through the neighborhood, around the block or through the woods in hot pursuit of a small animal or interesting scent which has attracted her attention.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Silkland Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Silkland Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Silkland Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Silkland Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 13 lbs
12 Months
Male Silkland Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Silkland Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 17 lbs
18 Months
Male Silkland Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Silkland Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 17 lbs

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