Skilky Terrier

10-15 lbs
United States
Scottish Terrier
Silky Terrier
The Skilky Terrier is a hybrid breed between the purebred Scottish Terrier and the Silky Terrier.  The Scottish Terrier parent adds some elements of ruggedness to the Skilky Terrier but the Silky Terrier softens it with a luxurious coat and lap dog disposition.  The Skilky Terrier is currently recognized by the Designer Breed Registry and the International Designer Canine Registry as a designer companion dog.  The Skilky may range in weight depending on which parent breed the hybrid most resembles, but this hybrid will stand no taller than 10 inches when fully grown.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Scottish Terrier and Silky Terrier

Skilky Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Skilky Terrier size stats
Height: 9-10 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Female Skilky Terrier size stats
Height: 9-10 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests
  • DNA for VWD

Skilky Terrier Breed History

The Skilky Terrier is a hybridization between the Scottish Terrier and the Silky Terrier.  Not much is currently known on the Skilky Terrier outside of the parent breeds, and detailed accounts of breeding programs are not available.  Owners and people who are considering adopting a Skilky Terrier should review the respective parent breed histories and dispositions to understand their dog better. The Scottish Terrier is a short, rough-coated Terrier that developed in Scotland over many centuries.  The predecessor to the Scottish Terrier was the Old Scotch Terrier and is believed to have been in the region over 2,000 years ago.  The Scottish Terrier belongs to the rough-coated Terrier group, called the Skye Terrier group and differs from its English cousins, who have smooth coats.  The Scottish Terrier retains its strong hunting instincts and is fond of digging, or "going to the earth."  Today, the Scottish Terrier is grouped among three other Terrier breeds in the Skye group, the Cairn Terrier, the Skye Terrier, and the West Highland Terrier.  The Scottish Terrier was imported to America in the 19th Century, and the first of its kind was registered to the American Kennel Club in 1885. The Silky Terrier is a crossbreed between the Yorkshire Terrier and Australian Terriers.  The breed developed in Australia during the late 19th century, first as silky-coated earth dogs, but quickly became favored companions.  Breeders selected only silky trait hybrids until a predictable outcome was achieved, allowing the breed to establish itself quickly.   By 1926, the breed standards were set in Australia and in 1959, the American Kennel Club recognized the first Silky Terrier.      

Skilky Terrier Breed Appearance

The Skilyky Terrier is a low to the ground, sturdy looking dog whose coat maybe range from silky to rough, depending on which parent breed the dog most resembles.  However, most Skilky Terriers have silky coats, like their Silky Terrier parents and inherit their short legs from their Scottish Terrier parents.  The coat colors of the Skilky range in several colors from the lightest creams to blue and black but are most often a combination of colors.  The Skilky Terrier has a medium-sized head with a long muzzle and significant hair on its chin.  Its eyes are dark brown and round.  The Skilky's ears are triangular-shaped and stand up at the top of the head.  The Skilky can have either a scissor or level bite, and its lips are tight and black.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Skilky Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Skilky Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Skilky Terrier coat
gray Skilky Terrier coat
cream Skilky Terrier coat
sable Skilky Terrier coat
blue Skilky Terrier coat
fawn Skilky Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Skilky Terrier straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Skilky Terrier Breed Maintenance

The Skilky Terrier may have hypoallergenic qualities and is not known the shed much.  However, the long, silky hair requires frequent grooming to prevent tangles.  Brushing the Skilky Terrier will also help remove any dirt or debris that gets caught in the coat with ease, so baths are not as necessary for this breed.  The Skilky should only have a bath when necessary, and owners should use a hypoallergenic shampoo to reduce the chance of skin irritation.  The Skilky Terrier's bite may not be ideal and over or undershot bites might lead to dental issues.  Owners can help prevent major dental issues by brushing their Skilky Terrier's teeth at least three times a week.  The Skilky Terrier will adjust to teeth brushing practices with time, especially if the practice is started while they are still young.
Brushes for Skilky Terrier
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Skilky Terrier requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Skilky Terrier Temperament

The Skilky Terrier is a high-spirited and self-assured dog who may run a little on the stubborn side.  However, they are affectionate with their families and love children.  This hybrid is a hardy dog, despite its delicate seeming size, and may provide hours of entertainment and play with kids.  However, the Skilky Terrier does not tolerate rough play or teasing well and may not be well-suited to young children and those who do not understand how to interact with dogs.  The Skilky Terrier can also adjust to living with other dogs but should be socialized while young as well.  Living with cats or other small pets may excite the prey mind of the Skilky Terrier, but with time and socialization, this breed can learn to live in harmony with other pets.  When it comes to training, the Skilky Terrier can be a little stubborn-minded and independent; however, this hybrid is intelligent and responsive to steady and patient training.  They are also moderately active but still require daily exercise to prevent developing poor habits out of boredom.

Skilky Terrier Activity Requirements

The Skilky Terrier is a moderately active dog that enjoys going to the earth. Both Terrier parents have a long history of working the earth as vermin hunters, especially the Scottish Terrier.  As an earth dog, owners can expect their Skilky Terrier to enjoy digging and rooting around the bushes for any signs of life or movement.  The Skilky does not require a lot of physical exercise, but it is equally important to keep their minds stimulated while engaging their bodies in physical exercise to prevent the Skilky Terrier from digging up the flower bed or potted plants indoors.  The Skilky Terrier, if given enough physical and mental stimulation, can adapt well to apartment and city living.  They are also highly adaptable to all weather climates but prefer a temperate environment.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Skilky Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Skilky Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Skilky Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Skilky Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Skilky Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Skilky Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Skilky Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Skilky Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs

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