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Skye Terrier


Skye Terrier



Connected with a shipwreck in the early 1600's when a Spanish ship came to grief against the rocks off the island of Skye in the Scottish Hebrides.  It was where among the survivors, Maltese dogs were mated with local terriers and thus produced this new extremely pleasing and unique breed.  Being known to be very loyal and strongly connected to his master, legend has it that a Skye named "Bobby" stayed faithfully by the grave of his deceased master for ten years before he, too, passed away, being fed by local town folk.  Used primarily in those days to catch vermin, nowadays the beautiful Skye Terrier is primarily a companion, though he can still help control vermin.



The spunky, courageous and bold Skye is very good-natured, polite and affectionate.  Playful and very loving, these dogs just thrive on lots of attention and even though they are loyal and protective they can become a bit willful with a meek owner. Requiring extensive early socialization with people to avoid growing up to be overly suspicious of strangers, it is also important not to allow this breed to develop small dog syndrome, which stems from human induced behaviors where the dog believes he is the boss.  This could cause the Skye to become a bit dog-aggressive and bark obsessively.  Be careful around other small animals, as the Skye likes to chase.  



Height:  25.5cm  (10in)

Weight: 11.5-18kg  (25-40lbs)

This elegant, long and low terrier sports a powerful muzzle, a black nose, dark brown eyes, and either upright or falling-down ears.  With a tail which is pendent and never curled the Skye Terrier has a double coat which lays flat against the body and also has hair which shields and protects the eyes and forehead. It comes in the colors of either gray-blue, dove or cream, always with black ears.



The Skye Terrier is an average shedder and their long, straight coat requires frequent attention or it will matt.  Their long flowing coat needs to be brushed at least once a week and should be generally kept natural and untrimmed; however, minor trimming of the coat between and around the toes and pads to avoid dampness and mud being dragged into the house. 


Life Expectancy

12-15 Years


Health Concerns

Primarily a very healthy breed however, being a breed of dog with extremely short legs; the Skye Terrier can be prone to particular health concerns.  Skye limp or Puppy limp is most preventable and it is due to premature closure of the distal radial growth plate.  New owners of puppies should be aware that if a Skye is exercised too often, too young, especially before 8 months, they can damage their bone growth, leading to a painful limp and possibly badly bowed legs. It is recommended that jumping up and down from objects, climbing over objects, running, and even long walks, should be avoided for the first 8 to 10 months to prevent later problems and allow for correct closure of the growth plate.



The Skye Terrier is suitable for apartment life. It is relatively active indoors and will do okay without a yard.  Even though the Sky Terrier gets plenty of exercise because of their love of wanting to play, to avoid behavioral problems and to fulfill their natural primal instincts they still require a daily walk.  If you can also include a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large fenced in yard that would be even better.


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