This is an old terrier breed that was developed many years ago in the Northwest Islands of Scotland. It was on the Island of Skye that pure breeds were discovered hence they adopted the name Skye Terrier. They were used for hunting foxes, badgers, and otters by getting them out of their holes and killing them. It gained popularity among the royalty of England in the 1500s when Queen Victoria acquired one. They have consistently maintained their short, long haired look over the years up to date.
They have a uniquely long coat the covers their entire body and even extends to the ground. Their frame is long with a straight back. They have a proportionate head to the body with a medium sized muzzle. The muzzle is tipped with a black nose and its teeth close with a scissors bite. Its long hair grows from the top and flows down under the muzzle covering its eyes. Its ears stand erect at the top of its head and are covered by a black coat. Its forelegs stand in an upright position giving the dog a compact look. Its tail is short but straight and covered with feathery hair.
Skye Terriers provide good companionship and can just curl up on their owner whole day. They are loving and affectionate which they do not shy to express. They always want to be involved in family activities and even be the center of attention. They enjoy chasing and are likely to chase other pets smaller than themselves. They only require moderate exercise that includes a walk and playing in the park. They are a challenge to train and will require an experienced individual to deal with them. They are apprehensive about strangers and will need to be socialized to accommodate people.
Early training is important so that the dog will learn to obey commands and submit to its owners. It should also be well socialized so that it can accommodate other people and pets. Skye are not very athletic hence, should not be involved in vigorous activities that will wear them out. They are comfortable living indoors but will require sufficient exercise to keep them mentally and physically alert.
They are generally a very healthy breed and suffer few ailments. Some of their health concerns may include: hepatitis and hip dysplasia. They have an average lifespan of 12 – 14 years.
They should be fed with high-quality, nutritious diet. The quality of food given to the dog determines its overall wellness. Feed the dog twice a day instead of frequently feeding it throughout the day that may lead to overfeeding.
Coat, Color and Grooming
It has a soft, dense undercoat and a long hard silky overcoat. They coat comes in a variety of colors such as cream, gray, dark blue and black. Its muzzle is consistently black across the breed. The coat should be combed on a weekly basis to prevent it from getting entangled.
With family and other pets
The Skye Terrier is a wonderful companion dog. It is very playful and spirited hence bonds well with children by can be too much for toddlers. They will need to be properly socialized to accommodate other pets.