Silkyhuahua

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4-9 lbs
7-9"
United States
Chihuahua
Silky Terrier
Silky Chi

The Silkyhuahua, also known as a Silky Chi, is a toy-sized designer dog and is a cross between a purebred Silky Terrier and a purebred Chihuahua. They weigh between 5 and 10 pounds and usually reach a height of up to 10 inches. They have a double coat which is thick and silky. Common colors are cream, white, black, salt and pepper, grey and brown. They are lively, affectionate little dogs who make great companions but can be stubborn and aggressive so early socialization and training is important. These dogs are not suited to families with small children or who leave their dog alone for long periods. The Silkyhuahua needs attention and companionship and will make it known by barking or digging if he is not getting enough. They are lively dogs who are moderately easily to groom.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Chihuahua, Silky Terrier

Silkyhuahua Health

Average Size
Male Silkyhuahua size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 5-10 lbs
Female Silkyhuahua size stats
Height: 7-9 inches Weight: 4-9 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Spongiform Leukodystrophy
  • Urolithiasis
Minor Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Eye Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eyes
  • Blood And Urine Protein Screens
  • Skeletal
  • Physical Examination
  • Hip and Knee

Silkyhuahua Breed History

The Silkyhuahua is a designer breed that was developed by crossing a Silky Terrier and a Chihuahua. The tenacious Silky Terrier originated in Australia in the 1890s. The breed was developed to be a companion dog but was also quite skilled at killing vermin. They were developed by crossing native Australian Terriers with imported Yorkshire Terriers. Two different standards were drawn up - one in Sydney in 1906 and the other in Victoria in 1909 - but these were later consolidated into one standard in 1926. They were originally referred to as the Sydney Silky Terrier but in 1955 this was changed to the Australian Silky Terrier. They arrived in the United States with American soldiers who were based in Australia during and after World War II. Here, they became known simply as the Silky Terrier. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955. Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dogs in the world but probably have the biggest personalities. They are named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico and are thought to be descendants of an ancient breed known as the Techichi. Toltec carvings dating to the 9th century C.E. depict a similar looking dog to the Chihuahua. Another theory is that small hairless dogs from China were brought to Mexico by Spanish traders. These were bred with small native dogs. The Aztecs reportedly bred and sold the little dogs as food. They were also used as hot-water bottles for the sick. They were brought to the United States by American tourists to Mexico. There are two varieties: the Smooth Coat, shorthaired,  and the Long Coat, longhaired Chihuahua. The American Kennel Club registered the breed in 1904.

Silkyhuahua Breed Appearance

The Silkyhuahua, also known as a Silky Chi, is a designer dog and is a cross between a purebred Silky Terrier and a purebred Chihuahua. Common colors are cream, white, black, salt and pepper, grey and brown. They are toy-sized dogs and weigh between 5 and 10 pounds and usually reach a height of up to 10 inches. They have a double coat which is thick and silky. The length will depend on which parent breed your pet most takes after as the Silky Terrier has a long and sleek coat while the Chihuahua can be short or long-coated. Silkyhuahuas have brown, almond-shaped eyes with an alert, inquisitive expression and ears that can either flop down or be erect. They have short legs and a longish tail.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Silkyhuahua eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Silkyhuahua nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Silkyhuahua coat
Brown
gray Silkyhuahua coat
Gray
white Silkyhuahua coat
White
black Silkyhuahua coat
Black
cream Silkyhuahua coat
Cream
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Silkyhuahua wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Silkyhuahua Breed Maintenance

Weekly brushing should be more than enough to keep the Silkyhuahua looking good. It will depend though, on whether your pet has short or longer hair. If it is long, brushing may need to be increased to twice a week to prevent tangling. Longer hair may also need to be trimmed occasionally. The Silky Terrier is hypoallergenic whereas the Chihuahua is not, so your pet may be depending on which parent breed he most takes after. But either way these dogs are not likely to shed excessively. They also don’t have a strong doggy aroma so won’t need regular bathing. Try to brush your pet’s teeth daily to keep them healthy and check the ears for any dirt. The nails should be clipped when necessary.

Brushes for Silkyhuahua
Pin Brush
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Silkyhuahua requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Silkyhuahua Temperament

The Silkyhuahua is tiny but dynamic little dog who is friendly and affectionate and loves being with her family. These dogs are best suited for families who have older children as the Silkyhuahua can snap if treated roughly. These dogs will get on with other pets in the household but early socialization and training will be key. Their hunting ancestry means they will chase other dogs who may be seen as prey. Their size means they can’t do much damage though, but surprisingly they do make good watchdogs. This breed won’t be happy with long periods alone and will develop destructive habits such as digging and barking. They are best suited to a home where there is someone home a lot and to owners who will take their pet out with them. They can be challenging to train as they are a bit stubborn especially when it comes to housetraining. Plenty of rewards and tons of praise will yield results eventually. These are lively and energetic dogs who will love to be included in all activities.

Silkyhuahua Activity Requirements

Although a toy breed the Silkyhuahua is an energetic and lively dog who will need daily exercise. Although they won’t need a lot of exercise, activities that stimulate them both physically and mentally will ensure a better behaved pet. They will love going for a walk around the neighbourhood or to the dog park or beach. Keep them on the leash on the way there to prevent them from taking off after another dog or bird. Your pet will love taking part in dog sports or playing games with you at home. They will also be more than happy to accompany you on your daily activities. These dogs will adapt well to apartment living provided they are exercised outside daily. They are sensitive to the heat and the cold so take care not to exercise them in high temperatures in summer and don’t let them get too cold in winter.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

Silkyhuahua Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Silkyhuahua Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Silkyhuahua size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Silkyhuahua size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 4 lbs
12 Months
Male Silkyhuahua size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Silkyhuahua size stats at 12 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 5 lbs
18 Months
Male Silkyhuahua size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Silkyhuahua size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 6 lbs

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