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Skye Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Skye Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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Skye Terrier
OriginScotland
Other Names
What other names does the Skye Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Isle of Skye Terrier, Clydesdale Terrier, the Fancy Skye Terrier, Silky Skye Terrier, Glasgow Terrier, Paisley Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Skye Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Is Skye Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Skye Terrier breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubClub Espanol De Terriers
Price
How much does the Skye Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Skye Terrier price:
$500-$600
If you choose to purchase the Skye Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Skye Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Skye Terrier gets to a happy place.

Skye Terrier History

The Skye Terrier is one of the oldest breeds originated from Scotland, Britain. The breed’s history goes back more than four centuries ago to the Isle of Skye, in Scotland. The Isle of Skye is the largest, most northerly of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides islands. In the early 17th century, the rugged, hard-coated terrier was developed by the island’s farmers in order to help them control the badger and fox population. First, the breed was used to hunt otter, fox, and badger following them into their burrows and pulling them out to kill them. Until this day, the breed’s basic characteristics remained unchanged since its first development. His short, sturdy legs were made for digging and his double coat to protect the dogs from thorns, the rough bushes, and the bites from its adversaries, as well as from the inclement, and rainy Scottish weather.

Despite being a breed designed for farm life, the Skye Terrier became a fancied breed among the British nobility. The peak of Skye’s popularity was in the late 1800s when Queen Victoria championed the breed. The Skye Terrier was much favored and well-known as a house pet of the Scottish lairds and earls, consequently, eventually, the breed gained significant status with the English aristocracy. During this period in history, according to a historian’s notes, any self-respecting duchess would have been ashamed to be seen in the public, in the parks unaccompanied, without their fashionable long-coated Sky Terrier. The breed was really of an in-style pet of all degrees after being recognized and accepted in court by the Queens and Kings of England. For example, Queen Victoria was fond of the Skye Terrier, kept and also bred them. Around that time, the breed was one of the most popular terrier breeds around whole Britain.

According to these stories and descriptions, the breed was well-established approximately since the early 1600s. However, the breed was not always known as the Skye Terrier, the dogs were also called Paisley Terrier, Silky Skye Terrier, Glasgow Terrier, Fancy Skye Terrier, or the Clydesdale Terrier.

Relatively early on, in 1887, the Skye Terrier was officially recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club), the first specimen of the breed who got registered was a puppy named Romach in the same year. Later, in 1938, the Skye Terrier Club of America was formed. Despite the fact that the breed was fancied for centuries, the Skye Terrier is considered to be a relatively rare breed nowadays. The most famous Skye Terrier was named Greyfriars Bobby. That dog was so devoted to his owner, that after his death, the little dog lay on his grave, only leaving for food for fourteen years.

Skye Terrier General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Skye Terrier size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Skye Terrier weigh? Skye Terrier weight:
Male: 35-40 pounds (16-18 kg), Female: 25-30 pounds (11.5-14 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Skye Terrier? Skye Terrier average weight:
Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 27.5 pounds (11.9.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Skye Terrier? Skye Terrier height:
9.75-10.25 inches (25-26 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Skye Terrier average height:
9.75-10.25 inches (25.5 cm)

Skye Terrier Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Skye Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
SoftStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Skye Terrier's coat?
CreamGraySilverBlue FawnPlatinumBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Skye Terrier and how often?
Average: The Skye Terrier requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Skye Terrier, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Skye Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Isle of Skye Terrier? Skye Terrier shedding level:
Skye Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Skye Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Skye Terrier Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Skye Terrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
LoyalFriendlyGood-naturedTemperedFearlessIntelligent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Skye Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Skye Terrier obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Skye Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Skye Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Skye Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Skye Terrier sensitivity:
Skye Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Skye Terriers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Isle of Skye Terrier need? Skye Terrier social needs:
Skye Terriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Skye Terrier dogs bark a lot? Why does my Clydesdale Terrier bark?
Low to Average: The Skye Terrier rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Skye Terrier good as a watchdog?
Skye Terriers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Skye Terrier dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Skye Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Skye Terriers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Skye Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Isle of Skye Terrier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Skye Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Skye Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Skye Terrier do?
Skye Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Skye Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Skye Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Skye Terrier roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Skye Terrier is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Skye Terrier have high prey drive?
Skye Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Skye Terriers are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Skye Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Skye Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Skye Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Skye Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Skye Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Skye Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Skye Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Skye Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Skye Terrier and children:
Skye Terriers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Skye Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Skye Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Skye Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Skye Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Skye Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Skye Terrier is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Skye Terriers good office dogs? Do Skye Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Skye Terriers be office dogs?
No
Skye Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Skye Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Isle of Skye Terrier temperament with senior people? Are Skye Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Skye Terriers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Skye Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Skye Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Skye Terriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Skye Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Skye Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Skye Terrier be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Skye Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Skye Terrier be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Skye Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Skye Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Skye Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Skye Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Skye Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Skye Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Skye Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Skye Terrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Skye Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Skye Terrier Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Skye Terrier dogs have health problems?
Skye Terriers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Skye Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Skye Terrier breed? Health risks of Skye Terrier:
Achondroplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Skye Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Skye Terrier be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Skye Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
Skye Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Skye Terrier have?
Skye Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Skye Terrier dogs require per day?
Skye Terriers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Skye Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Skye Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Skye Terrier risk for obesity:
Average. The Skye Terrier has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Skye Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Skye Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Skye Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Skye Terrier drool?
The Skye Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Skye Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Skye Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Skye Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Skye Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Skye Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Skye Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Skye Terrier Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Skye Terriers are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Skye Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Skye Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Skye Terriers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Skye Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Skye Terriers are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Skye Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Skye Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Skye Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Skye Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Skye Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Skye Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Skye Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Skye Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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