Tessier has been committed to breeding and showing quality Silky Terriers for over 35 years.

We strive to produce healthy, happy dogs that look and act like the breed. (Pictured above is our 12 year old GCh. Carwyn Tessier By Innovation “Rocket”  winning Best Veteran at the Silky Terrier Club of America’s National Specialty August 2016.)

For all the details of all our wins at 2016 Nationals (we swept Sweeps, Reserve Winners, Best of Winners and much more),  click here. While Karen and I were taking casual pictures of two of the big winners our judge Peter Green stopped by and asked to join us. I’m in red, holding Sera, Karen is holding Coda. What fun!


We brought three 6 month old babies out of Sera to Nationals in August 2017 — and swept that Nationals as well. Dashiell took Best in Sweeps, Deja was Best of Opposite to Best in Sweeps, Winner’s Bitch, and Best Puppy. Reserve Winner’s Dog was Dashiell, their brother Marty took Reserve Winners Dog the following day. Here is Deja, co-owned with Diane Nachman. More data on what happened will be coming soon.

This is 6 month old Tessier Wyntuk Deja Vu of Ridina.

The Silky Terrier is cheerful, sassy and  sturdy, with a lovely blue, tan and fawn coat. A bath and a brush once a week — that’s relatively easy care for a long-coated small dog. Highly hypoallergenic, the Silky Terrier is bright, happy and independent.

We sometimes have puppies available.  If you are looking for a youngster, please email me (Sandy) at sandy@smesmer.com; you can also call me at 727 452-5745. I am located in Clearwater, Florida.

And for lots and lots of data on small dogs in general, you can go to my website at www.about-small-dogs.com.


As a show kennel we sometimes have young adults. These are home-raised, well-trained and socialized dogs whom we started to show or champions we are retiring with a spay/neuter contract.

Such young adults can be a real find as they are ready to go with relatively little effort. They are no more expensive, and usually are even less than a puppy.

Silkys are generally long-lived dogs, most of ours’ live to between 14 and 17 years. Young adults also bond extremely well in their new couch potato environment as they are thrilled to have a whole family of humans all to themselves.


Very often people only want a puppy. There’s certainly nothing wrong with this, if one has the time and expertise available to devote to the necessary training. If you are looking for a puppy, let me know, we do occasionally have some available.

Male or Female? You Decide.

Many people contacting me for puppies only want one gender or the other. Their previous dog was a female and so they want another one just like her. Or they have heard that boys can be, well, dirty. But both male and female Silkys can make excellent pets.

My rule of thumb, developed over the years, is this: Girls want to be loved, boys will want to love you. As to the potty training issue: I have found that this really comes down to owner consistency right from the start, and while some dogs are harder to train than others, this is not based on gender.

Feel free to contact us if you are interested.

Best, Sandy

PS. As I mentioned, Tessier has been breeding and showing for over 35 years. So VERY occasionally a friend I trust and can vouch for comes to me and says, could you put the word out about MY young adult for sale? Well, let me introduce you to Grant.

Nope, not a Silky — he is a 3 year old Australian Terrier retired show dog. He’s owned by my good fried Karen Oglesby. Want more info about this guy? Contact Karen at karen@southpawpetsupply.com.

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