Bolognese vs Silky Terrier

Compare the Bolognese to the Silky Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bolognese and Silky Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Bolognese and Silky Terrier are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Bolognese is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Silky Terrier is very easy to groom. The Bolognese has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Bolognese and Silky Terrier are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Bolognese vs Silky Terrier
Bolognese
Grey Silky Terrier
Breed NameBologneseSilky Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9-12 in.9-10 in.
Weight8-14 lb8-11 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountrySpainAustralia
Origin Year1500 BC1900 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighLow-Medium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed12 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHigh-Very HighMedium
SheddingNone-LowNone-Low
DanderNone-LowNone-Low
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBologneseSilky Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBologneseSilky Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Chronic Eye IrritationYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
DiabetesNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBologneseSilky Terrier
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Curly CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
WavyYesNo
WoolyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesYes
BlackNoYes
BlueNoYes
GreyNoYes
PlatinumNoYes
SilverNoYes
TanNoYes