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Silky Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Pug – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Silky Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Pug" Compare Silky Terrier and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Which is better: Silky Terrier or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or Pug?
Name Silky Terrier Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pug
OriginsAustralia England China
Group Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank1061931
Reviews031
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Other Names Sydney Silky, Australian Silky Terrier Cav, Cavalier, Cavie Mops, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Toy Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Club Espanol De Terriers American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $600-$800 $1200-$1500 $300-$500

General Appearance - Silky Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Pug

Size Small Small Small
Weight 8-11 pounds (4-5 kg) 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg) Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Avg. Weight 9.5 pounds (4.5 kg) 14 pounds (6.5 kg) Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)
Height 9-10 inches (23-25 cm) 12-13 inches (30-33 cm) Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height 9.5 inches (24 cm) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm) Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Silky Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Pug

Coat Silky Straight Glossy Feathered Fine
Colors Blue Fawn Platinum Tricolor Tan Cream Gray Silver Black Tan Blenheim Tricolor Ruby Fawn Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Silky Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Silky Terriers shed none to minimal.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.
Pugs shed above average.

Characteristics - Silky Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Pug

Temperament Alert Inquisitive Quick Intelligent Friendly Joyful Responsive Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Cheerful Gentle Social Polite Quiet Active Graceful Fearless Friendly Nonaggressive Sporty No tendency towards nervousness Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Going Loyal Cheerful Gentle Friendly Playful
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Silky Terrier's has great intelligence.
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Silky Terriers are easy to train.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
The Silky Terrier is a playful breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Silky Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Pugs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Silky Terriers are a social breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Silky Terrier barks occasionally.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Silky Terriers are average watchdogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Pugs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Silky Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Silky Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Silky Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pugs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Silky Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Silky Terriers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Pugs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Silky Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Silky Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Silky Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Pugs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Silky Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Pug

Stranger Friendly
Silky Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Pugs are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Silky Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Pugs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Silky Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Silky Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Silky Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Silky Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Silky Terriers are generally with other pets.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Pugs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Silky Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Pugs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Silky Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pug breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Silky Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Pug

Health Issues
The Silky Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea Diabetes Epilepsy Legg-perthes Disease Dry Eye Episodic Falling Syndrome Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Syringomyelia Allergies Cheyletiella Dermatitis Corneal Ulcers Demodectic Mange Distichiasis Dry Eye Entropion Epilepsy Hemi-vertebrae Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Nerve Degeneration Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Pug Dog Encephalitis Staphylococcus Infection Vaccination Sensitivity Yeast Infection
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Silky Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Pugs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Silky Terriers have an average exercise need.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Pugs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Silky Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Pugs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Silky Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
High
The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Silky Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Silky Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Pug

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 3-5 puppies 3-5 puppies 2-4 puppies

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