Difference Between Yorkshire Terriers and Silky Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers vs Silky Terriers
 

Why is there a huge interest in knowing the difference between Yorkie and Silky Terriers? It is because these two dog breeds, Yorkie and Silky Terrier, are two of the most popular and loved dog breeds that people are willing to spend a lot to have them as pets. This article is meant to enable dog owners to learn more about these two dog breeds and know the differences between them in order to decide which pet is better suited to their requirements. Their appearance, temperament and qualities will be discussed in this article for your perusal.

More about Yorkie

Let us first look at the origin of Yorkies. Yorkie was developed from English and Scottish black and tan Terriers apart from Maltese and Clydesdale Terriers. From all these breeds, the smallest litter was selected for breeding which is how the present day Yorkie was achieved. When you consider the body shape of the Yorkie, Yorkie looks squarely in size i.e. its height and length is almost equal. Then, the color of the coat of Yorkie is steel blue. Moreover, Yorkies have a longer coat that often drags down on the floor. Its coat picks up a lot of debris and leaves, which you will have to remove frequently. The head of Yorkie is lighter in shade. As far as size is concerned, a Yorkie must not exceed 7 pounds in weight. The best way to tell, if a pup is Yorkie, is to check the bow on its head. If the bow is there, it is certainly a Yorkie. As far as behavior and temperament are concerned, Yorkies are friendlier with children and are often playful.

Difference Between Yorkshire Terriers and Silky Terriers

More about Silky Terriers

When we look at the origin of the Silky Terrier, Silky Terrier is a result of crossing of Yorkie and Australian Terrier. This was done in early 1800s when Yorkies were first brought to Australia. The body shape of a Silky Terrier is as follows. From a side view, Silky Terrier looks longer than its height. Silky Terrier has a lighter coat which is silvery or slate blue in color. Silky Terriers have a coat length that covers the body and can go beyond, but does not touch the floor. The head of a silky terrier is deep tan. On the other hand, Silky Terriers are between 8 and 12 pounds in weight. Silky Terriers have slightly longer noses than a Yorkie and also have almond shaped eyes. Silky Terriers are aggressive in nature. They should not be left alone with toddlers or other smaller pets.

Siky Terrier

What is the difference between Yorkies and Silky Terriers?

• Yorkie has origins with several English and Scottish breeds whereas Silky Terrier is a cross between Yorkie and Australian Terrier.

• Differences between Yorkie and Silky Terriers begin with their appearances. Their body shapes will tell you the difference. From a side view, Silky Terrier looks longer than its height. On the other hand, Yorkie looks squarely in shape; i.e. its height and length is almost the equal.

• There are many notable differences in the coats of these two breeds. Silky Terrier has a lighter coat which is silvery or slate blue in color while the color of the coat of Yorkie is steel blue.

• Silky Terriers have a coat length that covers the body and can go beyond, but does not touch the floor. On the other hand, Yorkies have a longer coat that often drags down on the floor.

• There are differences in the head color of the two breeds too. The head of a Silky Terrier is deep tan while the head of Yorkie is lighter in shade.

• As far as the size is concerned, Silky is a bit heavier than Yorkie. A Yorkie must not exceed 7 pounds in weight. On the other hand, Silky Terriers are between 8 and 12 pounds in weight.

• Silky Terriers have a slightly longer nose than that of a Yorkie, and also have almond shaped eyes.

• Silky are aggressive in nature while Yorkies are more playful and easier to train.

 

Images Courtesy:

  1. Yorkie by Masaharu takemori (CC BY-SA 3.0)
  2. Silky Terrier by Ofsilkysdream (CC BY-SA 3.0)