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Silkzer (Miniature Schnauzer & Silky Terrier Mix): Pictures, Guide, Info, Care & More!

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on May 20, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Silkzer (Miniature Schnauzer & Silky Terrier Mix): Pictures, Guide, Info, Care & More!

The Silkzer is a hybrid dog created by crossing a purebred Silky Terrier with a Miniature Schnauzer. It’s an energetic small dog that loves cuddling with its owner, but it’s also well-behaved when spending time alone.

Breed Overview

Height:

9-14 inches

Weight:

8-15 pounds

Lifespan:

12-15 years

Colors:

Brown, gray, silver, fawn, white, black

Suitable for:

Singles, families with older children

Temperament:

Energetic, curious, loyal

The Silkzer is an excellent dog for single owners and families, but it needs thorough training and socialization to live with young children and other pets.Silkzers have a high tolerance for extreme weather, and they’re able to adapt to practically any environment. Although they love to play games with their human family, they only need minimal exercise and can live in a small apartment without any problems.

Energy
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High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Trainability
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Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Health
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Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Lifespan
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Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Sociability
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Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

divider-dogSilkzer Puppies

When you look for Silkzer puppies, make sure you’re contacting a reputable breed that lets you visit the breeder’s facilities and meet the puppy’s parents. The dog’s mom and dad can give you an idea of the puppy’s temperament, but you should also insist on seeing the parent’s medical history to ensure your dog will not inherit any undisclosed medical problems.

The Silker’s adorable appearance and miniature stature have led them to quickly become popular.  The Silky can be prone to certain health conditions since Miniature Schnauzers and Silky Terriers are relatively healthy animals, but they’re susceptible to a few serious diseases. Silker dogs tend to be very loyal and affectionate pups that make great pets for singles or families with older children.

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Image by: Left-  Roman Zaiets, Shutterstock | Right – Petra, Pixabay

Temperament & Intelligence of the Silkzer

Silkzers are lovable, happy animals that enjoy spending time with their family playing games. They’re energetic, but they’re not as wild and feisty as Terriers. With their working dog lineage still intact, Silkzers aim to please their owners and aren’t bashful about showing off their tricks. Unlike their ancestors, Silkzers are not “yappy” dogs that bark for several minutes or hours. They rarely bark, but they still have a moderate prey drive and excellent guarding skills and will alert their owners to danger. The dog’s high intelligence makes it a joy to train, and young Silkzers can learn new tricks without requiring too much repetition.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Silkzers excel as family dogs, but they’re better suited for families with older children. They can be trained and socialized to interact with infants, but the dogs need careful supervision when they’re around young ones. Although they’re small, they have similar traits as larger protection dogs and quickly warn their family of approaching strangers.

Silkzers enjoy playing catch and other games, but they do not require a high level of physical fitness. For families living in an apartment, they’re a perfect match. Silkzers can adapt to smaller habitats, and they’re comfortable in hot or cold weather. If you’re gone for several days at a time, the dog is not likely to destroy your belongings in protest. They’re content to spend time alone and rarely have problems with separation anxiety.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽 

If a Silkzer puppy is raised with another dog or cat, it can grow to accept them and get along. It’s more likely to get along with another dog, but it can learn to regard a cat as a friend rather than prey with adequate training. Since Silkzers have a lineage of hunting reptiles and small mammals, a pet hamster or lizard would not make a good companion.

divider-multiprintThings to Know When Owning a Silkzer

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Compared to the costs of feeding other breeds, feeding a Silkzer is inexpensive. The dog will need at least a cup of food split between morning and evening feedings. They do not have specific dietary requirements unique to the breed, but you can ensure your puppy is healthy by purchasing food that lists meat proteins as one of the first three ingredients. Look for brands that include natural ingredients and essential vitamins and minerals.

Exercise 🐕

Silkzers are lively animals, but they only require 20 to 30 minutes of exercise every day. A walk in the morning and one in the evening should be enough to keep the pup fit. The dog will also expect you to play with it at home and may initiate a game by dropping its favorite toy near your feet. Although their exercise requirements are minimal, Silkzers can become obese if they’re overfed and not exercised.

Training 🎾

Silkzers are intelligent dogs, and they’re much easier to train than other small-breed canines. Although they have bloodlines known for strong prey drives, they’re not easily distracted during training. They do not require too much training to learn a new trick, and they seem excited to interact with their owners during exercises.

Training is critical if the dog is living with young children or other animals. Since Silkzers are protective of their family and territory, the dogs need to be socialized and trained at a young age for the best results.

Grooming ✂️

Like its ancestors, the Silkzer requires daily grooming to stay healthy. If your dog has inherited more of the Silky Terrier traits, you may need a dematting tool in addition to a brush to prevent tangling and matted fur. The length and density of a Silkzer’s coat can vary, but if your dog has a longer coat, you’ll have to brush it more often. To avoid dental infections, try to brush the dog’s teeth at least twice a week.

The dog’s coat grows quickly, and the animal will need a professional clipping at least twice a year. Unless the dog becomes infested with insects or covered in filth, it does not require frequent bathing. Too many baths can deplete the canine’s natural oils and damage the fur. However, you should wipe out the dog’s ears with a sanitary towel once or twice a week to prevent infections.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Like most mixed breeds, Silkzers are more vulnerable to medical conditions experienced by their ancestors.  Miniature Schnauzers and Silky Terriers are relatively healthy animals, but they’re susceptible to a few serious diseases.

Minor Conditions
  • Ear infections
  • Cataracts
Serious Conditions
  • Patellar luxation
  • Myotonia congenita
  • Von Willebrands disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Congenital megaesophagus
  • Urinary stones.

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Male vs Female

Whether you choose a female or male Silkzer, you’ll have a lovable friend for many years. There aren’t too many differences in the sexes, but the males tend to be more dependent on their owners, and they’re more likely to be lapdogs. Both sexes are easy to train, but fixed females are a bit more attentive and responsive than males. The girls are more independent, although both sexes behave well when you leave the house. Whichever sex you select, be sure to get the animal fixed unless you’re going into the breeding business. Neutered and spayed animals are much easier to train and less likely to run away to chase a mate.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Silkzer

1. The Silkzer’s Silky Terrier Ancestors Were Raised to Hunt Rodents and Snakes


2. The Silkzer’s Miniature Schnauzer Ancestors Were Raised for Guarding and Hunting Rodents


3. Silkzers have German and Australian Roots

divider-dogFinal Thoughts

Though small in size, the mighty Silkzer is a miniature powerhouse that loves to play and please its owners. Although the animal is full of energy, it only requires a few walks and daily play sessions to keep it fit and healthy. Unlike the Schnauzers and Terriers, Silkzers are not loud dogs, and they typically resort to barking as a warning when a stranger approaches. They are perfect for families and singles, but families with younger children should supervise the animal closely and enroll the dog in obedience training. A Silkzer is an incredibly loyal pet that will love you unconditionally for its entire life.

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Featured Image Credit: Parents of Silkzers. Left: Silky Terrier, Right: Miniature Schnauzer | Image Credit: Pixabay

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