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Skye Terrier Breed Fact Sheet

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Skye Terrier Breed Information

Group 2: Terriers

Energy Level: Moderate

Original Function: Fox and otter hunting

Temperament: Loyal, Sensitive A 'one-man' dog, distrustful of strangers, never vicious.

Characteristics: Elegant and dignified.

Recommended for: One person or families.

Lifespan: 12-14 years


Height: 23-26cm (9"- 10")

Colour: Black, grey, cream or fawn.

Coat: Outercoat - long & straight. Undercoat - short, soft & woolly.

General Appearance: Small sized long body, with short legs. Eyes dark & ears can be either erect or flop down. Long coated tail.



The Skye Terrier's name came from the Isle of Skye off the west coat of Scotland. They were a working terrier, their long coats protected them from the rough edges of the rocks and their face hair protected their eyes. Queen Victoria owed a pair of them and they were very popular in the late 19th century.
They are a very loyal and can be pretty much a one-person dog, are often very wary of strangers. They are quite sensitive and can tell by your voice tones whether what they have done is right or wrong.

Grooming- weekly brushing is needed to keep the long coat from becoming matted. They may be clipped to length that suits you. Bath when necessary.

Exercise- regular exercise is needed to keep them happy and fit.

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