Skye Terrier

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The Skye Terrier takes its name from the Island of Skye, which lies off the northwest coast of Scotland and is the largest of a group of islands known as the Inner Hebrides. The breed is known to be the oldest terrier breed of Scotland, going back to the fourteenth century at least.

Initially bred to control vermin of Otter, Mink, Fox and Badger it is still one of the largest, most powerful tenacious of terriers.


They are extremely well suited to both town and country lifestyle. They love to run, love to tell everyone about their excitement, and are eminently suited to obedience, showing and agility as they have very good brains with excellent memories.

The Skye Terrier is more serious, more dignified, and more introspective than most terriers. Though stylish, he is also heavier and more powerful than you might imagine from just seeing a photo.

From a puppy to 30 months of age the coat will grow and change colour. A full adult coat is achieved by the age of 3 years. For ease of care and comfort for the dog, clipping will be required every 6 - 9 months to prevent matting and discomfort. Unless you wish to show your Skye when a full coat is required as part of the breed standard.

One of the few terriers who is laid-back indoors, the Skye Terrier is easy to exercise, requiring only walks and play sessions. However, he is a fearless, agile chaser with lightning reflexes and should never be let-off the lead unless in a safe, enclosed area. The sight of a rabbit and he will be gone for sure.

Intensely loyal to his family (sometimes attaching himself to one person), the Skye Terrier needs a lot of personal attention - he cannot, and wont, be ignored.

Skye Terriers are cautious with strangers and should be extensively socialised when young so their wariness does not become suspicion.

They are dominant with other dogs and should not be trusted around smaller animals such as cats, rabbits, and rodents.

Likewise, the Skye Terrier can be dominant with family members who are wishy-washy. Skye's have great depth of character and prefer to make their own decisions, but they will respect an owner with an equally strong character and a firm voice who knows how to lead a proud, strong-minded dog.

Skye's do not suffer fools gladly. They are highly sensitive to correction and likely to retaliate if handled harshly or teased.


The Skye Terrier has no major health problems.

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