She's a Silky!

by Arline
(La Vista, Nebraska)



ShyAnn, the Silky I have now is the second one I have owned.

The first, Katie, was altogether different from ShyAnn, but they look very much alike. Upon having to have Katie put down at the ripe old age of 17, I spent a month crying before I embarked on a search for another Silky.

I found (in an internet search) a one-and-a-half-year-old Silky at a kennel in Joplin MO. It was love at first sight! I drove half a day with my son and his four kids to pick up this little dog.

Unbeknownst to me, she evidently was bred and raised in a puppy mill and had spent all her life in a cage.

No matter, I was in love and had to have her. The first 3 days after I brought her home, she was almost catatonic. She would stay wherever you put her so long as no one approached her.

If she was approached, she would run and hide, hence the name "ShyAnn" that I gave her. After about 3 weeks, I was able to get her to walk on a leash and she knew her name.

It took a lot of time and patience when working with her because in addition to having the Silky stubborn streak, she is so afraid of everything.

I've had her for over a year and she is still afraid of everyone except me. This is totally unlike a Silky because Katie thought she was a grizzly bear.

From the time I first got her when she was 3 years old, she would attack any other dog or animal but loved all people. Katie killed all my garter snakes in my back yard and once grabbed a blue jay right out of the air when he made the mistake of dive-bombing her.

ShyAnn is afraid of rabbits, for Pete's sake!
Both my Silkys slept with me every night, although ShyAnn took a little more coaxing.

Katie would curl up right against me and growl if I moved at all. ShyAnn likes to sleep down by my feet and seldom curls up against me.

However, she always wants to be against me and under the covers during a thunderstorm. At first, ShyAnn was afraid to jump up on anything and my guess is that was because if she tried to jump up when she was growing up, she would hit her head on the top of the cage.

She is getting better with her quirks but will always be a shy dog because she was not properly socialized.

Both my Silkys have been stubborn and like to think it's all their idea before they will do what you tell them so if you are inconsistent or a passive person, this may not be the breed for you.

They are pretty independent and don't require constant attention like some dogs. Both of mine loved going in the car and just being with me everywhere I went.

I even took ShyAnn to my last dental appointment. Since she is afraid of most strange sounds, I was afraid she would go ballistic when the dentist started to drill, but she just lay there on my lap.

My advice to anyone who considers a Silky for a pet is that they read about the typical characteristics of the breed (which is exactly like Katie) and see if that's what they want, go to a reputable breeder, observe the dog around people and other animals before you buy one, and be prepared to have lots of patience when training.

ShyAnn responded better to praise at first but now she does like a treat along with the praise when I'm trying to teach her something.

I've owned many dogs in my 63 years...poodle, cockapoo, german shepard, border collie, black Lab and mutts, just to name a few, and the Silky is among my favorites. Even though my Silkys' personalities were completely different, I love both of them with all my heart.

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Dec 06, 2010
Great Post
by: Sandy

Thanks for the great post. You really brought your 2 Silkys alive. I also liked your honest assessment of the breed.

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