Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier


Skye Terriers are quite distinctive and unique among the Terriers. Sixteenth century Scotland is the origin of these dogs. They began on the Isle of Skye. The two varieties of these dogs are the prick eared and the drop eared. The prick eared variety were popular as companions or show dogs, and the drop eared were used to work on farms. These dogs are long, level and low.


Skye Terriers don't need a lot of exercise. They're perfect dogs for city, apartment and condominium dwelling. However, they also do just as well in the country. These dogs like daily walks and short play sessions. Most of their exercise requirements can be met inside.


Skye Terriers must be brushed frequently with a metal comb or pin brush to prevent tangling. Only bathe these dogs when absolutely necessary. Be sure to clean their ears regularly along with the hair around their eyes and mouth. There aren't many health concerns with this breed, although they may tend to have slipped disk issues.


The Skye Terrier dogs are polite, bold, spunky and elegant. They're twice as long as they are tall. These are strong, muscular, sturdy and agile dogs. They're often called the aristocrats of farm breeds. They're highly skilled with an endearing personality.


Skye Terriers have double coats. The top coat is usually 6 inches long, straight and hard. The under coat is wooly with a soft texture. The Skye Terrier coat comes in colors ranging from grayish-blue, dove, cream and fawn. Their ears are always black and their head has hair long enough to shield their eyes. These dogs are average shedders.


Skye Terriers are sweet natured and fearless. They're loving and friendly to people they know but wary of strangers. Sensitive but not submissive, these dogs show respect only to those that respect them. Preferring one on one relationships, these are not outgoing dogs. They tend to be stubborn but are very loyal and devoted to their family. They can be aloof but they're not demanding. Skye Terriers shouldn't live in homes with children and other pets as they need an environment of calmness. They're too protective of their owner and property, and can bark and become aggressive if a threat is present.


Skye Terrier dogs must have extensive and intense socialization very early in life to keep them from being so aloof. Training sessions must not be long and repetitive. They're best conducted with consistency, firm boundaries, loving guidance and positive reinforcement. These dogs excel in agility, tracking and obedience.