Skye Terrier Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

Skye Terrier Dog

Skye Terrier Dog

AKC Group: Terrier Group

The Skye Terrier dog, originally from Scotland, is definitely a sophisticated dog and very loyal to people he love and knows. An uncommon breed. The Skye Terrier is actually at threat for extinction and is listed under Vulnerable Native Breeds.


It is one of the most ancient terriers. The Skye Terrier originated at the island of Skye off the west shore of Scotland. Breed to kill vermin, their great sense of small and muscular bodies allowed them to hunt badger, otter, and fox.

Because of Queen Victoria's penchant for the Skye terrier, the dog became famous in 19th century. A dog called "Greyfriar's Bobby" personifies the loyalty that the Skye terrier is famous for. The story goes that Bobby protected the burial plot of Constable John Grey, his master for years.

Physical Features

The breed is a breed of dignity, elegance and style: strong and agile with tough bone and tough muscle. He appears with a long tail and a high head, and an easy gait. He's strong in jaw, leg, and body. Their lengthy double coat and excessive hair around their face protect them from injuries and bad climate.

The Skye Terrier stands about 10 inches tall with the female standing at 9.5 inches. The coat is long, it can be longer then 6 inches if not properly trimmed.


A standard working terrier perfect for running over sport and going to soil, displaying stamina, bravery, agility and strength. Fearless, good-tempered, canny and loyal, he's gay and friendly with those they know and cautious and reserved with strangers.

Common Health Problems

The Skye Terrier is an achondroplastic breed of dog with exceptionally short legs, so it has distinct health problems. One of the most preventable is sometimes called puppy limp or Skye limp, and it's caused by early closure of the distal radial development plate. If a dog is worked out excessively, too young, particularly before eight months, they can harm their bone growth, resulting in an agonizing limp and perhaps terribly bowed legs.

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