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Skye Terrier

Size: Small / Medium

Weight: 23 - 28 lbs.

Height: 9" - 10"

Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Health Problems: Hypothyroidism; atopy; copper toxicosis

Origin: Scotland (1500s)

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Skye Terrier will need a short to moderate walk everyday. This breed will adapt well to city living.

Grooming Needs

The Skye Terrier has a feathered coat that hangs over its forehead and eyes. The coat is generally about 5 inches long and will need moderate brushing (every other day). Trimming may be necessary about every 3 months.

Temperament

Skye Terriers are a powerful, plucky breed that makes a good watchdog. The breed is loyal and affectionate to its family, but often wary of strangers. Skye Terriers are one of the few Terrier breeds that adjust well to city living. The Skye Terrier makes a mild-mannered house pet.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children. Loyal & affectionate

History

The Skye Terrier is named after the region where the breed originated: the Isle of Skye. One of Scotland's oldest and purest Terriers, the Skye Terrier has been around since the 1500s. However, it wasn't until Queen Victoria fancied these cute pups that the breed became popular -- especially among royalty and the upper class. The AKC recognized the breed in 1887. However, its popularity has waned and today it is one of the least known terrier breeds.

Pet Facts

Skye Terriers are good hunters and reputed to be good rodent killers. It's rumored that Greyfriar's Bobby, one extremely loyal Skye Terrier, slept on his master's grave every day for more than ten years. Today, Greyfriar's Bobby is buried next to his master and a statue commemorates his loyalty.