The Poolky, also known as a Silkypoo or Silky-poo, is a cross between a Silky Terrier and a poodle. Like most crossbreeds, they were bred as an experiment. The poodle is an extremely popular breed, originating in Germany and standardized in France where it is the national dog. Poodles have very old roots, with carvings of the breed dating back to the 15th century.  The other genetic branch of the Poolky belongs to the Silky Terrier.  This breed originated in Australia in the 19th century, but is descended from England’s Yorkshire Terrier.


The Poolky is generally a small, fluffy dog with pointy ears. However, genetic inheritance doesn’t always result in a breeder’s expectations, and the Poolky puppy might carry other genes from its parents, receiving a different phenotype. But, they do tend to have a wavy coat, much like a poodle. Common colors the Poolky can come in are black, tan, white, grey, and a combination of the four.


The Poolky, much like its parents, is a faithful and attentive companion. It is also very active and energetic, so it will run around the household quite a bit. It is a wonderful family dog, generally getting along well with children and other pets.  The Poolky is eager to please, making it a fairly easy breed to train.


The Poolky is a moderately active dog, and at least a daily walk would meet its requirements. This dog has no specific health problems, but should still get regular check-ups from a veterinarian.  The Poolky has a life expectancy of 12-15 years, about average for a small dog.  It is recommended to provide denta-chews or chew toys to prevent periodontal disease.