The Skye Terrier!

The Skye Terrier is a long and elegant-looking dog, whose length is twice its height. The breed has dark brown eyes, a black nose, normally upright ears (although there are dogs with droopy ears) and a strong muzzle that encases teeth that from a scissor bite. It also has a long and coarse outer coat that covers a soft under coat. The feet of the Skye Terrier are large and long and point forward.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
10-12 years

Energy Level:
Above average.

Living Conditions:
Great indoor/apartment dog.


Exercise Needs:
Occassional walk.

Breed Group:


9-11 inches

23-26 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Dove, cream or gray-blue.

National breed club:
The Skye Terrier Club of America

Skye Terrier Skills

The Skye Terrier’s history is a very colorful one, a story that began with tragedy and ended up with a new discovery. It was said that a Spanish ship crashed against the rocky border of the island of Skye in the Scottish Hebrides. Among the survivors of the crash were Maltese dogs, that later mated with local terriers and produced a new breed. The Skye Terrier became famous in the 1800s, especially with the royals, after Queen Victoria took a fancy to it. The dog has become known to be a loyal companion dog that can help control parasites.

Skye Terrier Personality

The Skye Terrier, while playful and affectionate, requires much attention to keep it happy. It must be trained to socialize with other people because he is very suspicious of strangers, to the point that it will bite those who will dare touch it. The Skye Terrier should not be left alone with small animals because it loves to chase and may become aggressive.

Exercise Needs

Being a fairly active breed, the Skye Terrier will enjoy being allowed to run around and play. However, very little exercise is required.

Living Conditions

The Skye Terrier can easily adapt to small living areas. They are very active indoors and do not require a large yard.

Grooming Requirements

The Skye Terrier’s coat requires daily combing and brushing to prevent matting and tangling.

Health Issues

While the Skye Terrier is generally healthy, it can also be susceptible to the premature closure of the distal radius.

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