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Skye Terrier: Origin, Personality, Fitness & Health

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About Skye Terrier

Country of Origin, History of Skye Terriers

Skye Terriers dogs originated on the Isle of Skye, Scotland they derive their name from there.

It was used as a hunter dog and was popular as a pet of the nobility.

In the 19th century the Skye Terrier was one of the most popular terriers. It is said that when Mary, Queen of Scots was executed, her pet was present under her petticoat. And that was none other than her loyal Skye Terrier.

The breed was introduced in America in he latter half of 19th century. The AKC recognized Skye Terriers in 1887.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

Skye Terriers have a study body with hard muscles. They are low height dogs - and are twice as long as their height.

The long silky coat on the ears and about the face gives the Skye Terrier its distinctive look. They have large ears that can stand upright or hang down.


The coat requires frequent brushing especially if wet after walks or play outside. Bathe only when necessary and have professionally groomed 2-3 times a year to have coat shaped and stripped of dead coat.

Height: The Skye Terrier is 9-10”.

Weight: Weighs about 20-25 lbs.

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Skye Terrier Personality Traits

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A somewhat calm terrier that is loyally devoted to its owner, this breed makes a great companion for a single owner or family without lots of activity.

The breed can be very sensitive to strangers and their touch so needs to be socialized very early to ensure they don’t become biters later.

Unfamiliar canines should be approached slowly to temper any aggression. Canines that are raised with the dog should be fine. These dogs were once ratters so small pets should be introduced early and watched carefully. These dogs are very sensitive to their owners and can have separation anxiety of not acclimated to the practice from an early age.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Skye Terriers are not ideal for small kids. They are best suited to homes with older children who understand how to interact with dogs.

Living Conditions:

They make excellent watchdogs and can be well suited to apartment life if barking is kept in check. They love to walk on lead and can be satisfied with regular outings if a yard is not available.


A proper groom is integral in giving the breed its classic look.

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Health and Care

Their health is very good and few hereditary problems exist.

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years.

National Breed Clubs

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Group: Terrier Group

AKC Ranking: 178

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