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Skye Terrier

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The delightful Skye Terrier could well be a lost gem among the Terrier group.  It's distinctive look and coat tends to dissuade some people, he lacks the dash and polish of some of the other Terrier breeds, but his happy attitude and affable demeanor makes fans of all who know him well.  The Skye, while size wise, is well suited for a variety of homes, his personality and needs exclude him from being an ideal choice for many.  Please do your research so that you will have the companion you want.  In addition to finding a great dog from a suitable source you will also be committing months and perhaps years into helping guide your Skye Terrier into a wonderful canine.  Nothing short of that will do.
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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: ideally 10 inches
Weight: approximately 40 pounds Longevity: midteens
Colors: black or any shade of gray or cream or fawn all with black points Coat type: Outercoat is long, hard, straight, flat and free from curl. The undercoat is short, woolly.
Recognized Registries: FCI, UKC, ANKC, AKC, CKC, TKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Long low dog with profuse coat. Twice as long as he is tall with drooped or prick ears.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: fearless, good tempered, devoted, sensitive
  with Children: suspicious of strangers, devoted to those he knows, socialization, supervision and manners of the children will determine this
  with other pets: variable; bred to hunt badger, otter and fox afterall
  with dogs: variable
Socialization requirements: fairly high due to the suspicious and sensitive nature of the breed
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the unique personality and has time/resources devoted to grooming.
Temperament Notes: strength, stamina and courage blended with sensitivity, devotion and aloofness toward strangers
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: The Skye Terrier is generally very trainable due to its sensitivity, desire to please and general good attitude about things.  He does have a mind of his own however, and this necessitates a trainer that will know that pressure will likely not be successful with a novice dog.  Additionally special attention should be paid as a dog with this construction (long backed) can be compromised by excessive jumping (especially strenuous heights) and similar activities.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: lost in antiquity but probably developed during the early Middle Ages
Country of Origin: Skye Isle, UK
Original Function: hunter of badger, otter and fox
History: Developed on the Isle of Skye centuries ago, the intrepid Skye Terrier proved his mettle regularly against such difficult foes as otter, badger and fox. Primarily a companion now, the breed is known for its plucky and good tempered demeanor.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: fatal allergies to ivermectin, spine problems (especially if overweight), eye issues
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Skye Terriers?
  • Why do you have Skye Terriers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Skye Terrier?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Skye Terrier?
  • How would you describe the ideal Skye Terrier home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Skye Terrier?
  • How do you assist or help Skye Terriers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - National Rescue Contacts for the Skye Terrier

  - Skye Terrier Rescue Network

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Standard of The Kennel Club (UK) for the Skye Terrier - Standard as per the Skye Terrier Club of America

    Breeder Ethics: - Skye Terrier Club of America Code of Ethics

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