Differences between the Yorkie and Silky Terrier

Main Difference – Yorkie vs Silky Terrier

Terriers are beautiful breeds that first originated in the United Kingdom and now have become one of the most popular dog breeds in many countries.

They were originally bred to get rid of rats and other pests from barns, shops, and kitchens. These breeds are mainly used as pets due to their size and look. Terriers come in various sizes and shapes, but they all share an aggressive, energetic and playful personality-type.

Some of the popular terrier breeds include Yorkshire Terrier, Silky Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Manchester Terrier, and Scottish Terrier. All these breeds are highly intelligent and trainable. These dogs are highly territorial and bark continuously at people or animals who approach their territory.

In this article, we are especially focusing on the difference between Yorkie and Silky Terrier. One distinguishing difference between Yorkie and Silky Terrier is that Yorkie Terrier is smaller than Silky Terrier and it is was developed in England while Silky terrier is larger in size and was first developed in Australia.

Yorkie Terrier – Facts, Characteristics, and Behavior

Yorkie Terrier is a small breed with aggressive, cheerful, friendly, independent, and intelligent behavior. They are also known as Yorkshire terriers. The origin of the Yorkie Terrier is England. These breeds are about 8-9 inch tall and weigh about 4-6 lbs. These breeds have silky coats with long hair, which is not curly. The common colors of their coats include steel blue and tan. These dogs are mainly used as pets due to their physical appearance and playful behavior. Yorkies are easily trainable due to their high intelligence. Their shedding is very minimal, but they need intensive grooming.


Silky Terrier – Facts, Characteristics, and Behavior

Silky Terrier is also a small terrier known for being cheerful, aggressive, energetic and friendly. They are also known as Australian Silky terriers. The coat of Silky Terrier is long, smooth, silky and shiny. Their coats can be black, black and tan, blue, silver, and gray in color. The shedding is minimal but still needs moderate grooming. Silky Terriers are 9-10 inch tall and weigh about 8-11 lbs.


Difference Between Yorkie and Silky Terrier


Yorkie Terrier breed was developed in Yorkshire, England

Silky Terrier breed was developed in Australia

Average Height and Weight of an adult

Yorkie Terrier is about 8-9 inches in height and weighs about 4-6 lbs.

Silky Terrier is about 9-10 inches in height and weighs about 8-11 lbs.

Yorkie Terrier is smaller than Silky Terrier

Coat’s color

Common colors of Yorkie Terriers’ coats include steel blue and tan.

Silky Terriers can be black, black and tan, blue, silver, and gray

Coats and Fur

Yorkshire Terriers have long, smooth, silky and shiny and straight hair.

Silky Terriers have long, smooth, silky and shiny coats.


Yorkshire Terrier needs high grooming.

Silky Terrier needs low to moderate grooming.

Litter size

Yorkshire Terrier can give birth up to 5 puppies.

Silky Terrier can give birth to 3-5 puppies.


Yorkshire Terriers bark frequently.

Silky Terriers bark rarely.


Silky Terriers are quite expensive than Yorkie Terriers.


Yorkshire Terrier has better adaptability than Silky Terrier.


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“Yorkshirenamedmeetwithsuccesofhappyblue” by . Manuel González Olaechea assumed (based on copyright claims). Own work assumed. (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Commons

“Australian Silky Terrier Alana Of Silky’s Dream” by Ofsilkysdream – Own work. (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Commons 


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