Silky Terriers have soft, human-like hair called a coat. Their coats change both in color and length as they grow from pup to adult.

The cubs are born black and tan. As they age, their color changes, also known as breaking. The break is visible through the black and tan colors at the roots of the hair, which begins to transform on the back, head, and around the legs.

Silky Terriers generally begin to break at around six months of age. Puppies that change color early often turn silver or light blue. Puppies that break at an older age usually turn dark blue. These small dogs maintain a deep, rich tan color around the face that includes the muzzle, cheeks, and around the bottom of the ears. This deep, rich tan color also tends to linger on her legs, feet, and around her rear end. The top of the head, also called the bun, will be a less intense silver or fawn color.

You may have to wait until the dog is a year and a half before it fully finishes changing colors. At that moment you will know what color your Silky Terrier is going to be.

Adult fur can consist of silver, silver-blue, dove-blue, or slate-blue and tan. The blue starts at the base of the skull and extends to the tip of the tail, down the legs to the elbow and to the middle of the thighs on the outside. The tail is darker blue than the rest of the body.

Silky Terrier coats are long, silky, shiny, and straight when mature. This dog does not shed because it has no undercoat. Their fur follows the contour of their body and hangs a few inches past their lower belly.