The Silky Poo commonly known as Poolky is a cross between the Australian Silky Terrier and the Poodle. In recent years, these designer dogs got immense popular mainly because of their compact size and their cute disposition. Improperly crossing the breed is very common in this breed. So a potential buyer should never go for puppy mills and poor breeders. Initially, these dogs had the name of Sydney Silky Terrier, but later their name changed to Australian Silky Terrier and it is still the official name for this breed in Australia.
They have a light-boned frame and the coat contains long and silky hair. These dogs have a wedge-shaped head with a dark nose and a pair of V-shaped ears. Their almond-shaped eyes are full of expression.
- Lately, these dogs are gaining massive popularity in the USA, as some well-known Hollywood stars are standing by these dogs.
- They have a strong prey drive and can chase small animals like kittens, squirrels, rabbits, and mouse.
Facts About Silky Poo
|Breed Group||Designer dogs, Companion dogs|
|Country of Origin||Australia|
|Other Names||Silky-Poo, Silkydoodle Terrier|
|Size & Height||Small, 9-15 inches|
|Competitive Registration / Qualification Information||DBR, DDKC, IDCR, DRA, ACHC|
|Litter Size||Up to 6 puppies|
|Colour||Gray, silver, cream, white, apricot|
|Life Expectancy||Up to 15 years|
|Coat||Long or short, dense, curly|
|Price||$200-$700 (new puppies)|
Temperament & Personality
The Poolky is a great family dog due to its traits like affection and loyalty towards its master. They are playful and friendly, but at times can be noisy, vocal and mischevious at times. It is highly energetic and will keep itself busy all throughout the day by constantly maneuvering inside the house. They are small in size but has the personality of a big dog. The Silkies carry its Terrier genes by constantly barking, chasing and digging the house-yard. They suffer from separation anxiety if they are left alone for a longer duration. They go well with kids and makes an ideal companion.
Despite their small size, the Silky Poos have a high energy level and require moderate to substantial amount of exercise regularly. These dogs will enjoy a romping session in the yard, or a walk with their owner, or having a play session with other dogs in the dog park. If deprived of proper exercise, these dogs can develop behavioral issues and might end up destroying house items. Taking them to social places like the dog’s park or busy bus stops to socialize. additionally, one can keep them busy with puzzle toys which will also provide mental stimulation.
They need thorough brushing and combing thrice a week with an occasional bath. Brush them with Vet approved grooming tools to keep their coat mat free and untangled. Other grooming needs like ear cleaning, nail cutting are similar to any other conventional race.
The Silky Poos are prone to suffer from health issues such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, Patellar Luxation, Diabetes Mellitus, Epilepsy and Tracheal Collapse. One can buy puppies from a reputed seller, also random veterinarian checks will keep them healthy and stress-free.
These highly intelligent and adaptable dogs that don’t need a repetition of commands and instructions every time after being trained. However, the owner will not get results immediately, instead will have to wait for few months to see results. Any kind of training if complimented with frequent praises and food rewards will accelerate the entire process.
Dry dog food half cups a day or homemade food is ideal to meet its energy requirements. Any kind of diet plan with the prior consultation with a Vet doctor will provide the dog with the needed nutrition. Divide the meal into two halves for better digestion.