Toy Fox Terrier vs Silky Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Toy Fox Terrier and Silky Terrier are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Toy Fox Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Toy Fox Terrier and Silky Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Toy Fox Terrier and Silky Terrier are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Toy Fox Terrier vs Silky Terrier
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Breed NameToy Fox TerrierSilky Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan13-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height8½-11½ in.9-10 in.
Weight3½-7 lb8-11 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesAustralia
Origin Year1930 AD1900 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyGoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighLow-Medium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed16 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLow-MediumMedium
SheddingLowNone-Low
DanderLowNone-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 NameToy Fox TerrierSilky Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameToy Fox TerrierSilky Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan13-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
Demodectic MangeYesNo
DiabetesNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameToy Fox TerrierSilky Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumNoYes
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
White & BlackYesNo
White & TanYesNo
White, Black, & TanYesNo
White, Chocolate, & TanYesNo
BlackNoYes
BlueNoYes
GreyNoYes
PlatinumNoYes
SilverNoYes
TanNoYes
WhiteNoYes