Skye Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:n/a
  • Size:Small/Medium
  • Ease of Training:Low
  • Grooming:Medium
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walk
  • Energy Level:Low/Medium
  • Protection:Medium
  • Good with Children:Yes
  • Health Clearances:OFA
  • Weight:18 - 20 lbs
  • Height:Male: 10; Female: 9.5 inches
  • Coat Colour:Black, blue, gray, silver, fawn, or cream, preferably with black ears, muzzle, and tail tip. Adult colour may not be present until 18 months

Skye Terrier Coat

The Skye Terrier is a double-coated breed. The outer-coat is typically six inches in length, hard and straight. The under-coat is woolly and soft in texture. The Skye Terriers coat ranges in colours from dove, greyish-blue, fawn, and cream. The ears are always black, with the hair on the head long to protect the eyes. They are average shedders.

Skye Terrier Character

The Skye Terrier is polite, elegant, spunky, and bold. Their length is twice their height. They are agile and strong, sturdy and muscular. They are often referred to as the aristocrats of the farming breeds. The Skye has an engaging personality and is highly skilled.

Skye Terrier Temperament

The Skye Terrier is fearless and sweet-tempered. They are friendly and loving to those they know, but are reserved and cautious with strangers. They are sensitive, but are not submissive. The Skye will only respect those who respect them. They are not outgoing and much prefers one on one relationships. They have a tendency to be obstinate and stubborn, but are exceedingly loyal and highly devoted to their owner. They often display an aloof demeanour, and do not have a demanding nature. The Skye is not recommended for homes with other pets or children. They thrive in a calm and reserved atmosphere. They are over-protective of their owner and territory and may bark or become aggressive if they perceive a threat.

Skye Terrier Care

The Skye Terrier requires frequent brushing with a pin brush or metal comb to prevent matting. Bathing should only be done when necessary. It is important to keep the ears cleaned as well as the hair around the mouth and eyes. They Skye do not generally suffer from many health problems. However, they may be prone to slipped disk problems.

Skye Terrier Activity

The Skye Terrier does not require a high level or amount of exercise. They are an ideal breed for city living, apartments, and condominiums, but are equally at home in a country setting. The Skye enjoys a daily walk or short play session. Many of their exercise needs can be met indoors.

Skye Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The Skye Terrier has a life expectancy of around 12-14 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes thyroid problems, HD, allergies, cancer, autoimmune problems, and spinal issues. Premature closure of growth plate can also result from puppies jumping around too much, and this can lead to arthritis later in life. The parents of the Skye Terrier puppy should have OFA certificates.