Poolky dogs are a cross between Silky Terriers and Poodles. They can also be called Silky-Poos. The Silky Terriers are usually bred with Miniature Poodles instead of Standard Poodles to keep the dogs on the smaller side.
The cross-breeds are affectionate but hate to be left alone. They suffer severe separation anxiety and shouldn’t be left alone outside or in the house for more than a few hours. However, when you are home, your pup will be loyal and ready to snuggle at any time, day or night.
This small dog weighs around 20 pounds and has a moderate energy level. A brisk walk or 30 minutes of tossing the ball around should be enough to keep your Poolky pup "pawfectly" content! The rest of the time, they will be following you around the house endlessly, so you might as well go ahead and remove your doors now -- they won't do you any good unless there are other humans in the house.
Is there anything cuter than a little pup wearing dog-sized clothes? Maybe babies in baby clothes, but that’s a close one. You can dress your pup up in sweaters, especially if you live in a cold area. Poolkies are small dogs who can get cold easily.
Most dog clothing comes with sizes of extra-small, small, medium, large, etc. Weight limits are on the labels, so it should be easy to find your pup’s size.
You can also buy accessories such as hats and bandanas with messages on them. Or if your pup is in training or a service dog, you can get bandanas advising people not to pet them.
You’ll need a leash, harness, and map for your walk -- and yes, it's your walk, because your Poolky is leading you. The map is for the end of the walk, when you may be completely lost as Fido has likely understood they are in control by now and walked wherever their nose has led them!
Most dogs prefer to walk during the sunny weather, but if your pup likes to dress up, you can get them a raincoat for rainy weather and grab your umbrella.
If you live in a hot climate, walk in the mornings or late at night and make sure your pup is hydrated with water.
Half an hour to an hour is more than enough time for your Poolky to get the exercise they need. As small dogs, their little legs tend to get tired easier than bigger dogs. Make sure to pay attention to how your pup is feeling and use the leash at all times.
Many dogs love water and swimming in it. However, your pup needs to be taught to swim. Not all dogs know how to swim immediately. They have paws, not flippers, and they don't all take to water like a duck.
You can use toys as a way to get your pup into the water the first few times. Never throw a dog into the water to get them to learn to swim.
If an accident happens, remember that dogs swim better than humans and jumping in to rescue your pup puts you both in danger. Of course, your instincts will kick in and you might not remember that. Don’t let dogs walk on icy lakes, just in case the ice won’t hold.
Dogs can be lactose intolerant, so, feeding your dog ice cream should only be a rare treat. And plain vanilla only, as dogs are allergic to chocolate. Getting ice cream with your pup is a nice treat for summer weather that doesn’t require much more than driving to the ice cream place.
Some bigger chain restaurants also have their own pup treats made from whipped cream or other dog-friendly goodies. Remember, it's not nice to get your own delicious treats and make poor Fido watch you eat them.
After you’ve taken your pup on a short walk, you can both relax on a bench in the park and watch the people go by. Of course, if your pup is friendly, they will be in heaven with all the people asking to pet them.
People watching is a great way to socialize your dog. Parks might have other dogs walking on a leash, so be careful to keep an eye on your pup at all times. You never know how two dogs -- or a dog and a person -- will react to meeting for the first time.
Poolkies are small, loyal dogs that prefer to be at the center of attention. They do need regular grooming and at least some exercise daily. Their small size gives them a low-to-moderate energy level. Exercises such as a short walk or a half-hour of swimming are great for your Poolky. Swimming and walking don’t require too much exertion and, since these dogs are prone to separation anxiety, they are great one-on-one or small group activities.
Given that your pup loves to spend time with you, you can take them with you on an ice cream run, hang out in the park to people watch or dress them up and show them off. If you dress up your pup, you can do it for themed holidays or any regular day. Little dogs like your Poolky usually enjoy being dressed in cute doggie outfits because they love attention. You've got a furry friend for life in these sweet little dogs!