Thinking about purchasing an Skye Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Skye Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Skye Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Skye Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Skye Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Skye Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Skye Terrier Profile
The Skye Terriers have style, elegance and dignity. They are agile and strong with sturdy bone and hard muscle. Twice as long as they are high, they are covered in a profuse coat that falls straight down either side of the body. Their most prominent feature are their ears which are much larger than their cousins, the Cairn Terriers. They are smaller dogs, but very long. Skye Terriers are low to the ground, and their fur falls to the floor. They can have either prick ears or drop ears, although the prick version has been much more common than a hundred years ago. Their eyes are brown and their nose is black, but one might never know this considering their fur covers their face. They can be either black, blue, dark or light gray, silver platinum, fawn or cream colored. Skye Terriers are agile yet strong dogs who are loving to their family and selected friends. Their motto is remember your friends and never forget your enemies. This breed is rather choosy about who they will be friendly towards, and often are suspicious of or uninterested in anyone but their owners. They can be trained to get along with other pets, but are otherwise unfriendly towards them. They get along with older children who can respect them, but once again, do not enjoy being touched by anyone but their owner unless they have approved. The Skye Terrier is an excellent watch dog, being very alert and responsive to unusual things. They are sensitive, reactive and calm dogs. Inside they are quiet and outside they are very active. Confident and dignified, this breed is not for everyone. A terrier-experienced owner is suggested.
Height: 9 - 10
dark or light gray, fawn or cream, all with black points. They often have black
points on the ears and muzzle and tip of the tail.
Terriers are loyal and lively. They are dignified, serious, and calm.
Skyes are fearless, active, and confident. They are sensitive but wary of strangers.
Skye Terriers are not dogs that will sit back and take injustice, they will
react if provoked. They are good with children as long as the children are older
and the dog is socialized. They are more one-pet animals, as they do not get
along well with other animals. They can be suspicious or uninterested in people
other than their owner.
Watch-dog: Very High. Skye
Terriers are a very alert breed.
Skye Terrier Care and Exercise:
Regular brushing is needed for Skye Terriers with a good pin
brush or metal comb. Minimal bathing is required. Keep hair around the eyes
and mouth clean, check ears regularly, and make sure skin stays clean. Exercise
should consist of a short to moderate walk on a daily basis, they do not require
a lot of exercise.
Activity: Indoors - Low.
Outdoors - Medium.
Skye Terrier Health Issues: Premature closure of distal radius, copper toxicosis, and hypothyroidism.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
This breed is relatively long-lived.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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