Skye Terrier

The Skye Terrier is a breed of dog that originated in Scotland and is known for its long, soft coat and its loyal and protective nature, especially towards its family and home.

General details

Males of this breed usually weigh between 18 and 20 kilograms, while females usually weigh between 16 and 18 kilograms. In terms of height, males have an average height of 25 to 26 centimeters at the withers, and females have a height of 23 to 25 centimeters. The Skye Terrier belongs to Group 3 (Terriers), according to the classification of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and usually live between 10 and 14 years.

Breed history in brief

The Skye Terrier is an ancient breed of dog originating from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Its history dates back to the 16th century, and for centuries it was used as a hunting dog for small animals, especially badgers and foxes. These dogs were prized for their courage, endurance and ability to move in difficult terrain. Over the years, the Skye Terrier became popular among the Scottish and British nobility, becoming a highly prized companion dog breed. Its fame spread beyond the borders of Scotland, and the breed became known throughout the world. Today, the Skye Terrier is still appreciated as a companion dog.

Breed characteristics

The Skye Terrier is a breed of dog distinguished by its long and robust body. It has an elongated and elegant head, with expressive brown eyes and medium size. The Skye Terrier's ears can be either erect or pendant, and its tail hangs straight down, with a slight curve in the lower half. One of the most distinctive features of the breed is its long, rich coat. The coat is smooth, dense and soft in texture, covering the entire body, even over the eyes. A sort of "beard" forms on the muzzle and has a shorter, softer undercoat. The characteristic colors of this breed include black, gray, cream and brown. The temperament of the Skye Terrier is characterized by its elegance, devotion and distrust towards strangers, always maintaining a noble attitude without malice. It is a dog that possesses great dignity and courage, being a loyal and protective companion to those who have earned its trust.

Common health problems

The Skye Terrier, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are chronic hepatitis, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, degenerative disc disease, entropion, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, atopy and tracheal collapse.

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