Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier - More information about this breed


  • Country of origin Scotland
  • Height Male 9-10 inches (23-25 cm)
  • Height Female 7-9 inches (18-23 cm)
  • Weight Male 20-30 pounds (9-14 kg)
  • Weight Female 18-27 pounds (8-12 kg)
  • Life Span 10 – 14 years
  • Litter Size 3 to 6



The Skye Terrier is a hunting dog with style, elegance and dignity and enjoys a daily outing, exploring in a safe area. They are strong with hard muscle. It also needs a short to moderate walk with its owner to stay in shape. The Skye enjoys life as a housedog, and prefers not to live outdoors. So, owners should not keep them outdoors as their natural habitats. Regular combing (about twice a week) is all that is needed to keep the Skye looking well and detangled. Many owners think that an occasional bath will soften the coat, as is often the case with other terriers, but that is not the case. An occasional bath will not soften the coat too much. Owners must pay attention to the area around their eyes and mouth, this may need frequent cleaning


The Skye is double coated, with a short, soft undercoat and a hard, straight topcoat. The shorter hair of the head veils the forehead and eyes, forming a moderate beard. The ears are generally well feathered and, in prick-eared examples, the hair normally falls like a fringe, accenting the form, and blending with the side locks.
Fawn, blue, dark or light grey, blonde, and black with black points (ears and muzzle) all occur. They may have any self colour, allowing for some shading of same colour on the body and a lighter undercoat, so long as the nose and ears are black. There is generally no further patterning on the body, but a small white spot on the chest is relatively common.


The Skye is a courageous, good-natured and affectionate dog. They are loving and playfull but have their own mind. Early socialization is required to grow-up as a family-dog. By nature he is reluctant to contact with strangers, and avoids contact

Health Issues

If a Skye is exercised too often, too young, especially before 8 months, they can damage their bone growth, leading to a painful limp and possibly badly bowed legs. Jumping up and down from objects, climbing over objects, running, even long walks, are all things to be avoided for the first 8 to 10 months to prevent later problems and allow for correct closure of the growth plate.


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