The Silkyhuahua is the cross between the Silky Terrier and the Chihuahua breed. They are toy sized dogs, with mostly a double coat, but the length of the coat dramatically depends upon the fact that, which parent’s genes the dog inherits.
Temperament and Personality
Being naturally lively and affectionate, these dogs can be a great companion dog, but at times they show stubbornness and aggressiveness. Experts say that these dogs are not suited for families with small kids. The Silkyhuahua needs a constant companion, and if deprived of proper companionship, can start barking constantly or may begin digging the yard area.
This dog will get well with other dogs if socialized with them from an early age. Supervision of elders is needed when the dog is around small children, and if mistreated by them, the dog can snap at them. Their hunting ancestry will make them chase small animals, especially rodents like mouse, kittens, or birds.
Being a toy dog, these dogs still need an adequate amount of daily activities to maintain their bone and muscle health. Also, some form of mental stimulation is also is necessary for this dog on a regular basis. They will appreciate a small walk in the dog park or the beach. The Silkys will appreciate if the owner enrolls it in a puppy kindergarten class. These dogs are known to get over-heated quickly, so the owner should avoid taking the dog outside for exercise during hot weathers.
A weekly grooming will keep the dog well-groomed and good looking. But the fact is that the total grooming process depends upon the dog’s coat. These dogs do not shed excessively, and also does not have the typical doggy odor. Regular brushing can damage the dog’s natural distribution of oil throughout its entire body. The owner should brush the dog’s teeth once in a while, and clean the ear with a soft cloth to prevent any ear infection.
The Silkyhuahua dogs can suffer from issues such as Patellar Luxation, Legg-calve-Perthes disease, Spongiform Leukodystrophy, Urolithiasis, Pulmonic Stenosis, Hydrocephalus, Tracheal collapse, Heart murmur, Dry Eyes, Hypoglycaemia, and Diabetes. Occasional tests such as Blood and Urine protein screen, Skeletal, physical examination, X-rays for the joints and Heart screenings can prevent the dog from getting various diseases.
Unfortunately, the Silkyhuahuas are challenging to train, so they need a trainer who is firm, consistent and patient in training the dogs. Positive reinforcement techniques will shape a well-behaved and obedient dog. These dogs gets bored quickly, so the trainer should make the training process more fun and enjoyable for the dog by frequently praising and rewarding the dog with foods. To suppress its aggressiveness and snappiness, the dogs need early socialization and obedience training.
The Silkyhuahua dogs need one to four cups of dog food on a daily basis.