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Skye Terrier -
Get A Look At That Gorgeous Coat!

skye terrier The fashionable appearance of the Skye Terrier would hardly lead anyone to guess that it was originally used as an earth dog to bolt fox and badger and a few other small animals. However, it apparently did this with much success owing to its strong and well-muscled body, plus a powerful set of jaws.

This small but robust dog takes its name and most likely its original home, from the island of Skye situated off the northwest coast of Scotland. Knowledge of this very old breed has been recorded for around four hundred years.

The hallmark of the breed is its flowing coat that is as long as the dog is high. It has a moderate sized head with prick or drop ears that are veiled, along with the face, in softer long hair. The profuse hair framing the face provided good protection when this valiant little dog was in pursuit of its quarry, not only from the rugged terrain, but also from bodily attacks.

In their heyday, Sykes were very popular companions of kings, queens and the aristocracy and have also been featured in famous works of art.


Grayfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Skye Terrier Grayfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Skye Terrier

Height: 10 inches
Weight: 19-23 lbs.
Color variations: From black to all shades of gray, as well as cream and fawn. Points of black are seen on the muzzle, ears and tail.

Coat and Care:

The coat is quite profuse and needs weekly brushing to loosen dead hair and prevent matting. An occasional trim and bathing is handled on an as needed basis.

Personality and Traits:

The Skye is known to be unsurpassed in loyalty to those he holds in regard. Here is a "wow" breed fact, in support of this trait: In 1858, a Skye Terrier from Edinburgh, named Greyfriars Bobby, kept a 14-year vigil at his master's grave until, he too, passed on. Townspeople fed the dog and kept up its license. Wow! now that's devotion.

Owners of the breed describe him as a good-natured sensitive dog with a friendly and cheerful demeanor. He is affectionate and playful and likes to have a lot of love and attention.

Like most terriers, he is independent-minded and selective about whom he will befriend. He is wary of strangers and prefers to approach them on his own terms. Early socialization with people and other animals is encouraged to bring this trait into balance.

Skye Terriers are intelligent dogs and like to be trained in a persuasive manner. Owners should establish leadership and be firm, but never forceful. Like most smart dogs, they easily become bored if the sessions are too long or repetitious, so keep things short and interesting.

Activity Level:

This breed is not fussy about exercise, but all dogs need to get out and shake a leg on a regular basis. The Skye Terrier has lots of stamina and a daily walk will keep him more fit and healthy.

Space Needs:

The Skye Terrier will be quite happy in either a house or apartment. He can even get by without a yard, as long as he is taken out for exercise, fresh air and daily needs.


Children will easily fall in love with this pretty dog, but they will get along better if they are raised with them from puppyhood.

Because both children and pets can be unpredictable, the caution remains that any breed of dog should always be supervised when in the company of children.


The Skye Terrier's very devoted temperament, low exercise demand and their love of companionship, would make them a good choice of dog for the elderly.

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Reading Recommendations:

Skye Terrier: A Complete and Reliable HandbookSkye Terrier: A Complete and Reliable Handbook

Skye Terrier, A Complete Handbook

Current resource on breed history, characteristics and pet attributes, breed standard, grooming, puppy care, housetraining, nutrition and feeding, training, health care and the potential disorders that may concern the breed. Many color photos.

Skye Terrier: The World of DogsSkye Terrier: The World of Dogs

World Of The Skye Terrier

This book has many pictures, a few in color. It is a beautiful book on the Skye! Covers history of the breed, famous kennels and specific dogs, the standard for the breed world-wide, selecting a puppy, care and training, health and breeding.

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