Pekingese vs Silky Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Pekingese is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Silky Terrier and Pekingese are child friendly, but the Silky Terrier is a better choice for young children.
  • Grooming - The Silky Terrier is very easy to groom. The Pekingese has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Pekingese and Silky Terrier are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Pekingese vs Silky Terrier
Pekingese Puppy
Grey Silky Terrier
Breed NamePekingeseSilky Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height6-9 in.9-10 in.
Weight7-14 lb8-11 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryChinaAustralia
Origin Year20 BC1900 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 75°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumLow-Medium
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed12 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingHighNone-Low
DanderMediumNone-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 NamePekingeseSilky Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NamePekingeseSilky Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Brachycephalic SyndromeYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Cleft PalateYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
CryptorchidismYesNo
DiabetesNoYes
DistichiasisYesNo
Ectopic CiliaYesNo
Ectopic CiliaYesNo
EntropionYesNo
EpilepsyNoYes
Exposure Keratopathy SyndromeYesNo
HydrocephalusYesNo
Intervertebral Disk DiseaseYesNo
Keratoconjunctivitis SiccaYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Mitral Valve DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NamePekingeseSilky Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BiscuitYesNo
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesNo
CreamYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
Fawn SableYesNo
GrayYesNo
Gray SableYesNo
Light RedYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red SableYesNo
WhiteYesYes
BlueNoYes
GreyNoYes
PlatinumNoYes
SilverNoYes
TanNoYes