Breed origin: Northwestern islands of Scotland
Original purpose: Vermin hunter.
AKC recognized: 1887
AKC group: Terrier
Height: males around 10 inches;
females around 9½ inches
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.
12 to 15 years.
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.
OK for inexperienced owners?
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:
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