Silky Terriers have soft, human-like hair called a coat. Their coats change in both color and length as they grow from puppy to adult.
Puppies are born black and tan. As they get older their color changes, also known as breaking. Breaking is visible through the black and tan colors at the roots of the hair, which begins transforming on their back, head and around their legs.
Silky Terriers usually start breaking around six months of age. Puppies changing color earlier typically turn a silver or light blue. Puppies breaking at an older age usually turn a dark blue. These small dogs maintain a deep, rich tan color around their face which includes the muzzle, cheeks, and around the bottom of their ears. This deep, rich tan color also tends to remain on their legs, feet, and around their rear end area. The top of the head, also called a topknot, will be less intense silver or fawn color.
You might have to wait until the dog is a year and a half before they are done changing color completely. At that time you’ll know what color your Silky Terrier is going to be.
Adult coats may consist of silver, silver blue, pigeon blue or slate blue and tan. The blue starts at the base of the skull and extends to the tip of the tail, descending down the legs to the elbow and halfway down the thighs on the outside. The tail is a darker blue then the rest of the body.
Silky Terrier coats are long, silky, glossy and straight when mature. This dog does not shed because they have no undercoat. Their coat follows the outline of their body and hangs a few inches past the underbelly.