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Skye Terrier

 

Skye Terriers are seriously loyal: A Skye Terrier named Greyfriars Bobby once kept watch over the grave of his master for almost a decade and a half. He is now buried where he kept that long vigil. Hailing from the Scottish Isle of Skye, this breed is among Scotland's oldest terriers, but is also one of the least well-known terriers.

Originally from Scotland, this medium-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 25-40 pounds and lives an average of 12-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Terrier group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginScotland
Breed groupTerrier
Average lifespan11-14 years
SizeMedium
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking202
Family Terrier
Date of origin1500s
Original function Fox and otter hunting
Today's functionEarthdog trials
Average size of maleHeight: 10 Weight: 35-40
Average size of femaleHeight: 9.5 Weight: 25-30

 

Other nameNone
Energy level Low energy
Exercise needs Low
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Shy
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangersFriendly
Ease of training Easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Moderately protective
Grooming needs Moderate maintenance
Cold tolerance High tolerance
Heat tolerance Low tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A SKYE TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

By turns dignified and calm or plucky and stubborn, the Skye Terrier is best known for her devotion to her people. These are good-natured and very affectionate dogs. Their smallish size and terrier-energy levels mean they'll do best if supervised while playing with children or other dogs. Skyes can be wary of strange dogs or humans, and will probably be most comfortable in an adults-only household.

WHAT IS SKYE TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?

This is a somewhat active breed, who's happy to accompany you for a long daily walk or a rigorous game in the backyard, then keep you company while you write on the couch. Canny, courageous, and somewhat playful, Skyes are strong and agile working dogs, even if most of the work they do these days is in your garden. Making sure they get enough mental and physical activity will go a long way toward discouraging noisy or destructive behaviors.

Like many terriers, these pups like to bark, dig, and chase the cat next door. Discourage nuisance barking and keep an eye on yours if you don't want her re-landscaping your flower beds.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A SKYE TERRIER?

This little dog is definitely independent-minded and can be somewhat challenging to train. Early and frequent socialization will be important to discourage timidity or aggression. Be gentle, patient, and consistent with your furry friend.

Some Skye Terriers participate in dog sports like obedience, agility, and tracking; others work in pet therapy.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO SKYE TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

These dogs have a stylish, elegant look. Those bonnie locks will need several brushings a week to prevent mats and tangles. You'll probably want to find a professional groomer if you want to keep yours in a show coat. Skye Terriers are seasonal shedders.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO SKYE TERRIERS HAVE?

As a breed, Skye Terriers are generally healthy. Some may develop slipping kneecaps or eye disease.

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