Silky Coton

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Silky Coton History

The Silky Terrier is a small, compact and silky-coated, friendly and energetic terrier. The Silky-Coton is a wire-haired, smooth coated variation of the standard Coton de Tulear. The Silky-Cotons coat is silky to the touch, and falls straight to about 5 inches (13 cm). The colour of the coat is white with brown markings – hence the name. There is some debate as to whether the true origin of the name is from the French “Cotton”, or from the English “Silk”.

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Silky Coton Physical Characteristics

The Silky Coton is a small, long-haired breed of dog that is considered a toy breed. They stand between 9 and 11 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 4 and 7 pounds. They have an elongated, slender build and a soft, silky skin. Their fur is thick, short, and smooth, and they have a high, rounded head. They have large, round eyes, wide, flat muzzles, and straight, pointed ears. Their tails are either docked or left natural. They are playful, affectionate, and companionable.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Gray, Brown, Red, Cream, Fawn, Silver, White, Sable

Height Range

Male Height Range: 9 – 11 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 8 – 12 lbs

Female Weight Range: 8 – 11 lbs

Silky Coton Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Silky Coton Health Concerns

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Urolithiasis, Hip Dysplasia, Spongiform Leukodystrophy, Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, Patellar Luxation, Allergies, Tracheal Collapse, Diabetes

Silky Coton Temperament and Behaviour

The Silky-Coton is a charming and sweet-natured breed of domestic dog. They are friendly and gentle, and love nothing more than having lots of cuddles and attention. They are highly trainable and excel at most activities, but they love to be with their people. They love to play with children, but can get rough at times. They get along well with most other household pets as well.

Silky Coton Activity Requirements

The Silky-Coton is a sweet and playful dog that makes a great pet. They love to snuggle, but they are usually not very active. They are content to spend much of the day sleeping or lounging around. While this makes them a great apartment dog, they do need regular exercise in order to stay healthy. A brisk walk or short play session is usually enough. If you are looking for a laid-back, gentle companion, a Silky-Coton may be right for you. While they don’t require much physical exercise, they do require regular interaction with their owners. They are sensitive and need to know they are loved.

Miles Per Day

8 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silky Coton is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silky Coton is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Silky Coton is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silky Coton is part of the Unclassified group.

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