One of the oldest terrier breeds.
Alert, intelligent, and fearlessly independent dogs. Careful training often needed to avoid development of "small dog syndrome".
Because of their hunting background, may bark, dig, and chase wildlife. Can be tenacious or difficult to disengage from an activity.
Skye Terriers may enjoy dog sports such as earthdog trials, agility, and tracking.
May be reserved around strangers and often don’t always get along well with other dogs.
Did You Know?
One of the oldest terrier breeds, these good-tempered and happy dogs are believed to have first appeared in Scotland over 400 years ago.
They get their name from their homeland, the Isle of Skye. First recorded in the 16th century, the Skye Terrier is known for its distinctive long coat, and was often used to hunt otters and foxes.
In 1840, Queen Victoria began breeding both the drop-eared as well as prick-eared varieties in her royal kennels and the breed became very popular, especially among the nobility.
In 1887, they were recognized by the American Kennel Club and became a firm favorite at dog shows. Today, if you see one out with their owner, you might well witness a public display – most likely of affection.
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