The Skye Terrier is active, intelligent, calm, noble and friendly. Skye Terriers tend to be one-person dogs and are extremely loyal towards their family. It depends upon their social upbringing as to how they accept other dogs and household pets. Skye Terriers may be rather dominant towards other animals if they haven't had early contact when they are puppies. They generally get along fine with children, but do not like to be teased and need their own space. Skye Terriers are good watchdogs as they are naturally cautious with strangers.
The coat of the Skye Terrier needs a good brushing once a week to prevent the woolly under coat from becoming tangled with the outer coat. The hair should fall from a parting along the centre of the back. The ears should be kept free of dirt and loose hairs and the excess hair between the pads of the feet should be trimmed.
Skye Terriers love going for long walks with their owners and need an average amount of exercise. They won't misbehave if they are deprived of their walk every now and then and will happily adapt.
Skye Terriers are one of the earliest terriers in Britain. They got their name from the Isle of Skye, which is off the west coast of Scotland. It is presumed that they arrived there with the Phoenician traders from the Mediterranean area around 20 centuries ago. They were an adaptable working breed and were used to seek out otters, badgers and weasels in the rocks and burrows. Their long coats protected them from rough edges on rocky crevices and their facial fringes protected their eyes. Queen Victoria owned a pair of these dogs and they were very popular by the 19th century.
General Appearance: Long bodied, graceful and friendly.
Color: Black, grey, cream or fawn with black points.
Coat: The outer coat is flat, long and wiry. The under coat is short, soft, dense and woolly.
Tail: Long, feathered and carried hanging down or straight.
Ears: Set high, well feathered and pricked or dropped.
Body: The body is long and low with short legs. The chest is deep and oval with a level back.
- There is a variety of Skye Terriers that have drooping ears, but they are quite rare.