Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Scotland
Group: Terrier
Height: 10-11 in.
Weight: males 35-40 lbs., females 25-30 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes, with early socialization
Good with other pets: sometimes dog-aggressive, may view small animals as prey

What is the origin of the Skye Terrier?

Related to other Scottish terriers, the Skye Terrier was used for hunting fox, badger and otter along the coast of Western Scotland. It is named for the dogs found on the Isle of Skye. Known since the 16th century, Queen Victoria popularized the breed in 1842. There is a plaque in Edinburgh commemorating the most famous Skye Terrier, Greyfriar’s Bobby, who wouldn’t leave his master’s grave until his own death, 14 years later.

What does the Skye Terrier look like?

The Skye Terrier is a strong, agile dog, 10-11 inches tall and weighing 25-40 lbs. Body length is twice its height. The muzzle is powerful ending in a black nose. Ears are rounded, either erect or falling over. Eyes are dark brown, close-set, medium in size. The well-feathered tail is long. The coat is long and straight with a coarse texture. The undercoat is soft and woolly. Colors are black, blue, grey, silver, fawn or cream, all with black ears, muzzle and tail tip. The hair around eyes and mouth need daily cleaning. Brushing 2 or 3 times a week should keep the coat clean.

What is the temperament of the Skye Terrier?

Skye Terriers are courageous little dogs. They are very affectionate with their family but wary of strangers. As they were hunters, Skyes may view small animals as prey. They should be obedience trained and socialized early to avoid unwanted behavior. Skyes are loyal and protective of their family. Exercise in the form of daily walks and playtime is recommended.

What is the Skye Terrier used for?

The Skye was used to hunt and it controlled the vermin population. Today the Skye Terrier is a loving companion dog, but has become extremely rare.

Possible Health Issues

Eye problems such as lens luxation and glaucoma, hypothyroidism, von Willebrand’s Disease, allergies, ulcerative colitis, genetic kidney disorder

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