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The Silkyhuahua is a lovely dog for the right owner. She will be loving, loyal, love to cuddle with you on you lap and is not really demanding when it comes to exercise needs so can be with owners who are not very active. She does need training and socialization though otherwise her possessiveness and snapping could be an issue.
|Here is the Silkyhuahua at a Glance|
|Average height||Up to 10 inches|
|Average weight||5 to 10 pounds|
|Coat type||Double, thick, silky|
|Hypoallergenic?||Can be (Silky Terrier is)|
|Brushing||Two to three times a week unless you grow the coat long, then it will need daily brushing|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate to very good depending on coat type|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low|
|Good Family Pet?||Good to very good|
|Good with Children?||Good but needs socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate needs socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good but needs socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good but may be best with experienced owner|
|Exercise Needs||Slightly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Average|
|Major Health Concerns||Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Tracheal Collapse, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel,|
|Other Health Concerns||Shivering,|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$200 to $400|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$435 to $535|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$265 to $365 (could be more if you opt to let the coat grow long as she will need regular grooming)|
Where does the Silkyhuahua come from?
The Silkyhuahua is a designer dog, a term used to refer to deliberately bred first generation mixed breeds or crosses. The popularity of these dogs has increased a great deal over the last 20 to 30 years. Celebrities and the public are opting for them over purebreds. There are a lot of people who love them, but there are also people very concerned over what it means. It takes little skill to put two different dogs together and then sell those resulting puppies at sometimes what are quite crazy prices. While there are some good breeders of designer dogs who are taking a lot more care in it than that, there are also a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders creating new designer dogs with no care. It is important to make sure you research where you are buying from. As we have no origins on the Silkyhuahua we look at the parents to get a better idea of her.
The Chihuahua does not have origins as clear as some pure breeds. The Chihuahua as we know him can be found in the 1850s in Mexico in a state called Chihuahua hence his name. Americans visiting there brought him home and people fell in love with how small he was. He has grown in popularity and is the 11th top favorite dog out of 155 AKC recognized breeds.
Today he is a bold and confident dog, alert and suspicious and quite sensitive. He usually bonds more closely to one person and can be reserved around others. If not socialized he can be timid.
The Silky Terrier
The Silky Terrier is an Australian dog and was developed in the late 19th century for hunting small animals. He was developed by breeding the Yorkie with native Australian terriers. At the beginning as with many mixed breeds there was a mix of looks, some looking more like one parent or the other and some more like the Silky we see today. Eventually breeding reached a stage where Silky traits were prominent. In 1926 breeding standards were agreed upon, in 1955 his name in Australia became the Australian Silky Terrier. In the US he is just the Silky Terrier though.
He is a spirited and friendly dog, very confident and intelligent too. He still loves to chase small animals and is a good watchdog. He can be independent but he is still loving and loyal. He loves hanging out with his human family and travels well should you ever want to take a road trip with him.
The Silkyhuahua is a very happy and cheerful dog who loves to have play and have fun and can be quite lively. She is affectionate and loving and loves to be an important part of the family and the routine. She does not like being left alone for long periods and can display signs of separation anxiety such as barking, digging, scratching and whining. She is friendly in general and can be quite charming and sweet too but she does have an aggressive side. She is protective and she can bark aggressively or snap. She can also have small dog syndrome which means training and socialization are key.
What does the Silkyhuahua look like
She is a small dog weighing 5 to pounds and standing up to 10 inches tall. She can have flappy ears or erect ones, large almond shaped eyes, a long tail set high and short legs. Her coat can be double, and it can be silky, short or longer depending on if the Chihuahua was a short haired version or long haired. Common colors are cream, black, red, brown and white.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Silkyhuahua need to be?
She is small and just slightly active so she is perfect for apartment living and can be happy without a yard. Her indoor activity and play will go towards her physical and mental needs and then she should be taken for a walk once or twice a day. She would also benefit from going to a dog park if she is big enough, or somewhere she can run free and socialize and play some fun doggy games.
Does she train quickly?
Unfortunately she is difficult to train as she can be stubborn so she is not best suited to a first time dog owner. She will need a firm trainer, one who is patient and consistent and used positive techniques. Try to keep the sessions interesting and fun for her, use rewards and praise to congratulate her on her successes and treats to encourage her. Early training and socialization are very important to help control her aggressiveness and snappiness.
Living with a Silkyhuahua
How much grooming is needed?
The Silkyhuahua has moderate needs when it comes to grooming and maintenance and it will vary depending on what coat she has. Brushing two to three times a week will keep it looking healthy and clean, if it is longer you may need to brush daily to remove tangles. When you bathe her make sure it is not done too regularly and use a sensitive dog shampoo so that her skin’s natural oils are damaged. If the coat is long it will need regular trimming which means trips on a regular basis to a professional groomer. Give her teeth a brush at least twice a week and wipe her ears clean once a week and check them for infection. Her nails may need professional care too as they will need trimming when they get too long and that should only be done by someone who knows about dog nails.
What is she like with children and other animals?
This dog does get on fine with children, especially if she has been raised with them, or if they are older so they know to take care around her. She is not tolerant of younger children who may poke at her so supervise them. She has a terrier background so she will enjoy chasing smaller animals as prey. Sometimes though she gets on okay with other pets that she lives with. Socialization will help and will also help her interactions with other dogs and her small dog syndrome.
Some owners find she is not the best watchdog but others find she is alert and usually alerts them when a stranger is approaching. She barks occasionally and will need to be fed ½ to 1 cup of good quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals.
There are health issues she can inherit from her parents such as Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Tracheal Collapse, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel and Shivering. The best way to improve the odds on not having health issues with your puppy is to buy from a good breeder, one who will happily let you visit the puppy before you buy and who can show you parental health clearances.
Costs involved in owning a Silkyhuahua
A Silkyhuahua can cost between $200 to $400. Other initial costs for a crate, carrier, collar, leash, bowls and medical needs like blood tests, shots, spaying, chipping and a check up come to between $360 to $400. Medical costs each year for basics like pet insurance, annual check ups, flea prevention and shots come to between $435 to $535. Non-medical costs each year for basics like food, toys, treats, training and a license come to between $265 to $365. This could be more if the hair is long and needs trimming by a professional groomer.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Silkyhuahua come from?
- What does the Silkyhuahua look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Silkyhuahua
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Silkyhuahua