Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier Overview

The Skye Terrier gets its name from its location of origin, the Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland. These dogs have a history of more than 400 years, helping farmers to find and kill prey such as badger, fox, and otter. They became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria, who helped popularize many breeds at the time.

Skye Terrier Characteristics

While Skye Terriers come in both drop and pricked ear varieties, the pricked ear variety is currently the popular choice among enthusiasts and breeders. This gives the dogs an almost butterfly appearance with their long hair flowing from their ears and over their eyes. The breed has a long, silken coat in a variety of colors, giving the Skye a dignified look.

Skye Terrier Temperament

Like other terriers, the Skye is friendly, affectionate and easy-going. He may be standoffish toward strangers but is not aggressive or possessive. The breed is also very solitary, and may not get along well with other dogs unless well-socialized from puppyhood. Loyal and calm, the Skye does best with adults and older children and will happily protect or hunt for his family.

Skye Terrier Care

On average, the Skye lives 12 to 14 years, typical for a small breed dog. Health issues are fewer than other terriers and may include back problems, renal (kidney) dysplasia and Skye limp (an issue during the growing period of the breed that causes periodic limping). Good breeding and preventive veterinary care can help the Skye to live a long and healthy life.

Skye Terrier Coat

The long coat, despite its appearance, requires little maintenance. Weekly brushing will help prevent mats, while top knotting the hair will help keep it out of the eyes and mouth. Those who prefer to keep the hair on the head down should take extra care to keep the eyes and mouth clean.

Skye Terrier Training

Like most terriers, the Skye can be stubborn. Early socialization and lots of patience will help him to become a more outgoing and social dog. Consistent training with short sessions that make the Skye feel in charge will help ease training difficulties.

Skye Terrier Activity

Daily walks, long play sessions or other activities alongside humans will help to keep the Skye fit and healthy. The Skye is a true terrier, and also enjoys helping hunt out prey, even if he does not get to full go after them. Keeping the Skye both mentally and physically fit will help keep him a happy and affectionate dog.