Skye Terrier

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


The Skye Terrier is a very old Scottish breed. Its name comes from the Island of Skye in Inner Hebrides.

Most terriers have greatly changed since their breed’s birth, but the Skye Terrier is the same today as it was four centuries ago. For the first time this dog was mentioned in the historical work of Johannes Caius "for English dogs" in the 16th century. The author was a professor at Cambridge and a doctor at the court of Edward VI, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. Speaking of Skye Terrier, Caius wrote: "This dog was brought from northern barbarian lands. Because of its long hair, you cannot see its muzzle and body”.The name of the breed comes from one on the northwest Scottish Islands, Isle of Skye (Skye), which is the home of the Skye Terrier and where it acquired a modern look. It is believed that from this island it was introduced in England. This is the only terrier being bred in the northwestern islands that has not spread throughout Scotland. Connoisseurs of the breed confirm that Skye Terrier is unrivaled when they need to explore holes of wild beasts or swim a great distance. Skye Terrier is registered for the first time at the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1887, and in England - two years later and was one of the most important breeds of exhibitions before the 20th century. Today, the breed is very rare and puppies for sale can be found mostly in England.

Physical characteristics

The Skye Terrier is a relatively little puppy. Reaches 26 cm in height and 10 kg in weight and its body is particularly elongated (length from nose to tail tip - 103 cm). Fur color is usually pale yellow, gray or black. It is long, hard and straight, without curls. Bottom coat is short, dense and soft. There are Terriers with erected and drooping ears.

Character and behavior

The Skye Terrier is a very friendly, loving and loyal dog. It loves to spend its time with its owners and know exactly how to charm them.

Training and education

The Skye Terrier was once a hunting dog, beautifully adapted for skirmishes with foxes and badgers into their holes. It was also used to hunt otters, wild cats and other animals and is famed for its exceptional speed and agility. Nowadays, however, it is rarely used for hunting, as a long, lovely, silky fur, which is required by modern standards doesn't allow it to chase the prey. With right approach in a training of the Skye Terrier you can achieve great success.

Health problems

The representatives of this breed are characterized by very good general health, and an average lifespan is about 12 to 15 years.

Grooming and care

The breed is not the most active and therefore can easily be raised in an apartment or a small house. It is important that owners of these dogs socialize them from earliest possible age and to educate them entirely with positive methods. Their training would be easier for people who already have some experience in this, but with patience and tolerance everyone can handle it. Coat of the Skye Terrier should be brushed every day to look good.

Children and other pets

Skye Terriers don't feel comfortable in a company of young children, so it is recommended to be grown by families with already large and attentive children. They are not particularly favorable to other pets and strangers, making them reliable guards of home and family.

Interesting facts

The Skye Terrier was the most famous terrier in the late 19th century. The love of Queen Elizabeth to the breed and paintings of Sir Edwin Landseer attracted attention to it. It was raised in all English speaking countries. Since then, its reputation has begun to decline, but fans of the breed in Scotland and England still remember the time when "duchess was ashamed to appear in a park without being accompanied by a long haired Skye."

The motto of a members of the Scottish club is: "Do not knead!"