Skye Terrier Breed Profile


The Skye Terrier is a dog of style, elegance and dignity: agile and strong with sturdy bone and hard muscle. Long, low and level-he is twice as long as he is high-he is covered with a profuse coat that falls straight down either side of the body over oval-shaped ribs. The hair well feathered on the head veils forehead and eyes to serve as protection from brush and briar as well as amid serious encounters with other animals. He stands with head high and long tail hanging and moves with a seemingly effortless gait. He is strong in body, quarter and jaw.


May be black, blue, dark or light grey, silver platinum, fawn or cream.


That of the typical working terrier capable of overtaking game and going to ground, displaying stamina, courage, strength and agility. Fearless, good-tempered, loyal and canny, he is friendly and gay with those he knows and reserved and cautious with strangers.


The Skye Terrier is a product of a shipwreck in the 1600s. The Spanish ship came to rest on the rocks off the island if Skye in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. A Maltese type dog survived the shipwreck and bred with local terriers to create the Skye Terrier of today.

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