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Skye Terrier

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Skye Terrier

Skye Terriers have a soft undercoat, but the long and hard 6" outercoat is straight, free of rippling and parts down the middle. Coat colors come in gray-blue, cream or dove but always with black, upright ears that are also covered with hair. A small amount of white is permitted on the chest. The muzzle is powerful, with a black nose. The eyes are brown. The hair on the face shields and protects the eyes and forehead. The teeth should form a scissor bite. The length of the dog should be twice its height at the withers. The feet are similar to hares and are long and point forward. The tail is pendant and does not curl.

Temperament Skyes are polite, affectionate, courageous, bold and spunky. They tend to be a little more serious than most terriers. This digging breed is protective, willful and needs lots of attention. Skyes need a great deal of early socialization with people or they will grow up to be wary of strangers. They often loathe being touched by strangers, especially without a proper introduction, and their terrier nature may make them answer a friendly pat with a bite. Skyes should not be left alone with small non-canine animals as they love to chase. They can be dog-aggressive.
Height, Weight Male Height: 10" ; Weight: 35-40 lbs.
Female Height: 10" ; Weight: 25-30 lbs.
Health Problems This is a healthy breed.
Living Conditions Skyes will do great living in an apartment and do fine without a yard.
Exercise This breed is very active indoors and need little outside exercise.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming The long, straight coat on this breed needs frequent attention or it will mat. It may take several years for the adult coat to completely develop.
Origin One theory suggests that shipwrecked Maltese types from the ill-fated Spanish Armada mated with local terriers (probably Cairns) to create the breed in the 1600s. Other breeds added their influence to create the extreme ration of length to height. Once called the Terrier of the Western Islands, he evolved to his present form isolated on the rocky Isle of Skye. This breed is recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier