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Nicole Cosgrove

The Poolky is a mixed breed the result of crossing a Poodle with a Silky Terrier. She is also called a Silkypoo or Silky-Poo. She is a small dog who has talents in tricks, watchdog and agility. She has a life span of 12 to 15 years and is a vocal (noisy) but very loving little dog.

The Poolky is a great small dog, not as fragile as some small dogs and easy to train. She does bark often though training can help you control that so that when you command her to stop she will. She may be noisy but she is loving, loyal and a joy to have around the house.

Here is the Poolky at a Glance
Average height 9 to 15 inches
Average weight 8 to 20 pounds
Coat type Short, silky, wavy to curly
Hypoallergenic? Yes (both parents are)
Grooming Needs Low to Moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing 4 to 5 times a week
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Frequent
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Moderate with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Above average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent but she is noisy
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns Legg-Calve-Perthes, Diabetes Mellitus, Patellar luxation, epilepsy, tracheal collapse, Addison’s, bloat, Cushings, hypothyroidism, eye problems, Von Willebrand’s,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, skin problems
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $700
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $275 to $400

Where does the Poolky come from?

The Poolky is a designer dog. Designer dogs are a trend that have surged in popularity in the last two and a half decades. They are most often a mixed breed created by breeding two purebreds together. Many are then named a blend of the parents names. Celebrities and public alike are making them more popular. Some are being bred with care, purpose and thought and many are not. Avoid puppy mills and poor breeders as they are making a profit from the popularity these mixed breeds have and are not taking care of them. With no information about the Poolky we can look at the parents breeds to have an idea of traits that go into them.

The Poodle

The Poodle was bred to be a retriever or hunter of waterfowl in Germany and then was adapted somewhat more in France and bred smaller to make companions for ladies that they could carry around. There are three sizes, and all are classed as Poodles they are not separate breeds just different sizes. They are toy, miniature and standard.

They are thought to be one of the most clever dogs today but can be sensitive sometimes and do not do well left alone. They train easily however and make great family pets or companions for single owners.

The Silky Terrier

The Silky Terrier is an Australian dog and was developed in the late 19th century for hunting small animals. He was developed by breeding the Yorkie with native Australian terriers. At the beginning as with many mixed breeds there was a mix of looks, some looking more like one parent or the other and some more like the Silky we see today. Eventually breeding reached a stage where Silky traits were prominent. In 1926 breeding standards were agreed upon, in 1955 his name in Australia became the Australian Silky Terrier. In the US he is just the Silky Terrier though.

He is a spirited and friendly dog, very confident and intelligent too. He still loves to chase small animals and is a good watchdog. He can be independent but he is still loving and loyal. He loves hanging out with his human family and travels well should you ever want to take a road trip with him.


The Poolky is an intelligent dog who is very good at being a family dog, is affectionate and loyal and loves to a part of family activities. She is playful, can be noisy, and is a happy and sweet dog. She likes to be energetic during the day with her play but then when it is chill time will happily be calm and cuddle on your lap.

What does the Poolky look like

The Poolky is a small dog weighing 8 to 20 pounds and standing 9 to 15 inches tall. She has a sturdy body with a flat head, floppy ears that hang down and deep, dark eyes. Her muzzle is rounded and usually her nose his black. Her coat can be silky, short and wavy to curly. Common colors are white, silver, black, apricot, cream, gray, brown, blue, apricot, golden and red.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Poolky need to be?

She is a fairly active dog and will need regular physical and mental stimulation to be healthy, happy and well behaved. She would enjoy trips to a dog park, some indoor play time, taking a couple of short to medium walks a day. If you jog or run she could run with you. She is suitable for living in an apartment as long as she gets that time outside. Access to a yard is therefore not a requirement but it would be a bonus.

Does she train quickly?

Training a Poolky should be easy, she is smart, she listens to commands, enjoys being with you and wants to please you. She may even learn quicker than some dogs needing less repetition. To help her with her interactions with other pets and dogs, and children too it is important she is trained and socialized from a young age. She needs an assertive and firm pack leader in you but you should use positive training methods no harshness, impatience or punishments.

Living with a Poolky

How much grooming is needed?

She has low to moderate grooming needs as she is a low shedding dog so little clean up will be needed. She should be brushed four to five times a week to remove tangles and keep her coat in good shape. Baths for her should just be when she really needs it as over bathing can lead to damage to her natural oils. Use a dog shampoo when it is time. Her nails will need clipping when they get too long. Dog nails have nerves and blood vessels in the lower part. This means if you clip to low you will hurt her and cause bleeding. Have someone show you how or have it done by a professional. Brush her teeth at least three times a week and check her ears for infection once a week. You can also wipe them clean using a damp cotton ball or cloth, or a dog ear cleaning solution.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She is good with children, will play, be affectionate and so on especially if raised with them and given early socialization. She is also usually okay with other pets. The socialization is important for how she gets on with other dogs as some do not do well otherwise. Children should be shown how to play with her seeing as she is a small dog.

General information

She is a good watchdog and will alert you by barking should an intruder enter the house. She does bark frequently so check with your apartment tenant agreement to see what the rules are on pets and noise. She will need ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food daily, divided into two meals. She is good in most climates.

Health Concerns

When you are buying a dog you should visit before buying to see where they come from and make sure they have been kept in clean and disease free premises. You should also ask to see parent health clearances. There is always the chance a dog could inherit a condition the parent is prone to and for the Poolky that covers issues such as Legg-Calve-Perthes, Diabetes Mellitus, Patellar luxation, epilepsy, tracheal collapse, Addison’s, bloat, Cushings, hypothyroidism, eye problems, Von Willebrand’s, hip dysplasia and skin problems.

Costs involved in owning a Poolky

The Poolky will cost between $200 to $700 and you may need to pay for other initial essentials such as a crate, carrier, collar and leash, spaying, chipping, deworming, shots and blood tests. This comes to between $360 to $400. Yearly costs for medical essentials like vaccinations, checkups, pet insurance and flea prevention come to between $435 to $550. Yearly costs for non medical essentials like food, treats, toys, training and license come to between $275 to $400.


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Featured Image Credit: Left: Poodle, Pixabay | Right: Silky Terrier, Anna Krivitskaya, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.