Skye Terrier

Breed origin: Northwestern islands of Scotland
Original purpose: Vermin hunter.

AKC recognized: 1887
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Height: males around 10 inches; females around 9½ inches
Color: Varying shades of black, blue, grey, silver platinum, fawn or cream, with or without dark or black points. The puppy coat may be very different in color from the adult coat.

Life span: 12 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Skye Terrier is courageous, strong, agility, fearless, good tempered, loyal, canny, elegant, and dignified. They are reserved and cautious with strangers, but friendly and gay with people they know.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

OK for inexperienced owners? No

Grooming requirement: The coat does not mat easily, but should be brushed at least once a week.

Known health problems: Skye limp, degenerative disc disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, hyperthyroidism.

Recommended books for further reading:

Skye Terrier (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Judith A. Tabler
Published in 2000
93 pages

Skye Terrier (The World of Dogs)
By Sine Threlfall
Published in 1997
224 pages

Skye Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Muriel P. Lee
Published in 2006
155 pages

Skye Terrier
By Muriel P. Lee
Published in 2002
160 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Skye Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Skye Terrier Club of America Rescue

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