Skye Terriers


Skye Terriers

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The Skye Terrier is named for the Island of Skye, west of Scotland. He was bred there but also on neighboring islands. He was used extensively to hunt otter, badger and weasel. He was very popular with the British aristocracy during the sixteenth century. He was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1887.
The Skye Terrier is agile and reserved. He is protective of his family and makes an excellent watchdog. He is ideal for city life.
The head of the Skye Terrier is long, with powerful jaws. The drop off between skull and muzzle (stop) is moderate. The eyes are hazel and medium in size but covered with profuse coat. Prior to 1890, most Skye Terriers had drop ears but today the more prevalent ear carriage is pointed with rounded tips and held high on the head. They are profusely covered with long, flowing coat. The nose is black. The bite is level. The neck is long and gracefully arched. The head is held high. The legs are short, muscular and straight. The body is twice as long as it is tall. The legs are short. The feet are large and hare-shaped. The tail is long and well-covered with coat. The double coat has a soft, wooly undercoat and a hard, straight outer coat that reaches to a foot in length. It parts down the back from nose to base of the tail. Coat colors include black, blue, cream, fawn, gray and silver platinum. Black points on ears, muzzle, and tip of the tail are desired. The average height is nine to ten inches. Average weight is between nineteen and twenty three pounds.



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