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Skye Terrier

Group (AKC):


Country of OriginScotland
Type of coatLong, hard, straight, flat and free from curl, with a short, close, soft wooly undercoat.
GroomingRegular brushing with a good pin brush or metal comb. Minimal bathing. Keep hair around the eyes and mouth clean, check ears regularly and make sure skin stays clean.
Average height9 - 10 inches
Average weight19 - 23 lbs.
Activity levelIndoors - Low, Outdoors - Medium
WatchdogVery High
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - Low
TrainabilityTrain with mutual respect, fairness and consistency. Puppies need to be socialized with human contact away from their siblings.
Compatibility with childrenYes, if children are older and well-behaved as they do not liked to be teased.
CharacterLoyal, lively
Ideal home environmentSuitable for apartment living as long as sufficient exercise is given. Quiet home environment is best for a Skye Terrier. Is is the happiest if surrounded by human companionship.
Ideal owner 
Links and resourcesSkye Terrier Club of America
Secretary, Anne H. Brown, RR. 1, Box 20, Ridgeland, SC, 29936

Additional notes:

The Skye Terrier has style, elegance and dignity. They are agile and strong with sturdy bones and hard muscles. Twice as long as they are high, they are covered in a profuse coat that falls straight down either side of the body. They are loving of their family and selected friends. Not to put words in their mouths, their motto seems to be "remember your friends and never forget your enemies".

Short History:

Developed in the seventeenth century, they are named after their ancient homeland, the Isle of Skye (not the sky of isles) which is off the coast of Scotland. Queen Victoria is said to have bred the Skye Terrier in her royal kennels.

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