Updated May 2019

Tessier has been committed to breeding and showing quality Silky Terriers for 39 years. We are proud to be an AKC Platinum Breeder of Merit — that is, we follow our club recommended health testings and have produced over 100 homebred champions.

We strive to produce healthy, happy dogs that look and act like the breed. (Pictured above is our 14-year-old GCh. Carwyn Tessier By Innovation “Rocket”  winning Best of Opposite Sex at the AKC Nationals in 2017.)

We just came back from the Silky Terrier Club of America Specialty, which is a once a year National show just for our breed. Last year’s Sweeps winner Cowboy (GCh. Aslett Tessier Cowboy Cassanova) continued his winning ways with an Award of Merit:

Not to be outdone, our puppy Olivia (Tessier Wyntuk As Time Goes By) took Winners Bitch (that’s best non-champion female) at the same show.

Our CC Rider (Ch. Lucknow Local Talent) litter continues to shine. Marty achieved his Grand Championship this year (GCh. Tessier Wyntuk Back to the Future) and will hopefully have puppies this year.

His brother Dash (Am. Can. Ch. Tessier Wyntuk Back in Time) has been in Canada this year, achieving his Canadian Championship along with a Group 2.

Dash has also been a successful stud dog, Olivia (see above) is his daughter; he also has a son Riot (Artemus Tessier Just in Time) who was Best Puppy in Show his first weekend competing.

Tessier has been blessed over the years with its partners. First was Billie Pruitt, who used the Tagalong prefix and passed away in 2015. She was a true friend and stuck with us through thick and thin.  Karen Huey (formerly Carwyn, now Wyntuk) joined us in 2002 and has been the best mentor we could ever have wanted. She is a master behaviorist, an expert “puppy whisperer” and a dear friend. Janet Aslett (Cowboy’s owner), Margaret Cunningham, Chris Alexander, and Lou Barnicle are all involved in the kennel — it really does take a village to do this right!

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 that year our judge Peter Green (who judged Best in Show at Westminster this year) stopped by and asked to join us. I’m in red, holding Sera, Karen is holding Coda. What fun!


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.


As a show kennel, we sometimes have young adults available to approved homes. These are 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 make it 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.

This is 9 1/2 year old Stella. She was in her forever home but simply couldn’t get along with the young Silky male already there. It tore her owners to bits to return her back to us, but Stella deserves to live her life in a calm environment – not a battle zone. She is super sweet with all humans and really likes some dogs, but others, not so much. So she needs a home with no other dogs. She is spayed and is currently living with our kennel partner Karen in Oregon.


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


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