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Silkie Terrier vs Australian Terrier

The Yorkshire terrier played a significant role in developing another English breed, the Silky terrier. No, wonder both the dogs replicate one another in appearance, confusing people to distinguish the two. In fact, as per Silky owners, their dogs have often been passed on as big-sized Yorkie. There are still a few visible differences that could help one identify the two from close quarters.

Points of DifferencesYorkshire TerrierSilky Terrier
SizeWeight: 7 pounds

Height: 9-10 inches
Weight: 10 pounds

Height: 7-8 inches A little taller and heavier than the Yorkie
ColorBlack and tan; black and gold; blue and tan; blue and goldBlack and tan; blue and tan; blue silver and tan; gray and tan; silver and tan; silver black and tan Closely similar in color to the Yorkie, and hard to distinguish in this regard
Head shapeRounded and flat on the topWedge-shaped, moderately long
Ear shapeSmall, v-shaped erectSmall v-shaped , erect, and high set ; their ears are not that large near the base like that of the Yokie’s
Activity levels Energetic, and active

Rating: 4.8/5
Same as the Yorkie, but a little higher on the energy meter though

Rating:  5/5
Intelligence levelAbove average in intelligence, ranking 28th as per Stanley Coren’s Intelligence of Dogs

Rating: 5/5
Ditto as the Yorkie, but a degree lesser perhaps, ranking 37th in Stanley Coren’s Intelligence of Dogs list  

Rating: 4.8/5
Kid-friendlinessGood with older kids, that gets better with socialization

Rating: 4.2/5
Similar to the Yorkie they too get along with children above 10 years of age , that improves with socialization

Rating: 4.1/5
Protectiveness towards ownersSome Yorkies often act increasingly jealous, showing a highly protective attitude towards their mastersThe Silky terriers bond well with their masters but do not display a high degree of protectiveness
TrainabilityModerately difficult; since they often act stubborn, and display a higher degree of confidence

Rating: 3.5/5
Easier to train than the Yorkie

Rating: 4.2/5

Be it the Yorkie, an epitome of a true terrier because of its feisty, bold, and brave demeanor, or the Silky terrier, which has its touch of sweetness besides the terrier-like temperament, both make for great family pets.

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