Skye TerrierThe Skye Terrier is also known as: None
|Group classification: Terrier||Country of origin: Scotland||Date of origin: 16th century|
|Weight (M): 35 - 40 lb||Height (M): 10"||Life expectancy: 12 - 14 years|
|Weight (F): 25 - 30 lb||Height (F): 9.5"|
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General Description of the Skye Terrier
A rather elegant dog, the Skye Terrier has a long, low set body, approximately twice as long as it is tall. The dog has a long, thick, double-layer coat, composed of a short, soft undercoat and a long, harder topcoat. The hair is usually black, blue, gray, silver, fawn, or cream, with black ears, muzzle, and tail tip and occasionally a white spot on the chest. The hair is parted down the middle of the back. The Skye Terrier has a fairly large, powerful muzzle, a black nose, and round brown eyes. The eyes are usually protected by a fringe of hair. The ears may be either prick or drop. Prick ears are medium-sized and placed high on the head, with an erect outside edge. Drop ears hang down against the side of the head. The teeth form a scissors bite. Skye Terriers have long, large, hare-like feet. Their bodies are strong and solid, and the tail is long and covered in hair.
Skye Terrier Temperament
The Skye Terrier a sweet, daring dog. It is known for being good-natured and polite. Although standoffish and wary of strangers, Skye Terriers are affectionate and playful with their friends. These tend to be rather serious dogs which do best in one on one relationships. Skye Terriers thrive in a quiet home atmosphere, one without children or other pets, and are very loyal and devoted to their owner. The dog tends to be possessive and will bark or become aggressive if it feels threatened. Skye Terriers require careful training and extensive socialization to avoid aggression towards strangers.
Caring for a Skye Terrier
Since Skye Terriers have such long, thick hair, owners must spend a good deal of time grooming. The coat is prone to tangles or mats, and needs frequent brushing with a sturdy brush, such as a metal comb or pin brush. The dog should be bathed no more than once a week. It is also important to clean the ears and the hair around the mouth and eyes. Skye Terriers do not require a lot of exercise; they are capable of keeping themselves busy and active inside. The Skye therefore does not need a house with a yard, although the dog does, of course, enjoy walks outside. Training is most effective in short sessions, to prevent boredom. Skye Terriers respond well to trainers who set firm boundaries and use positive reinforcement. The dog tends to perform well in track and agility events.
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