Skye Terrier

Other names: Skye Terrier, Isle of Skye Terrier

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The Skye Terrier is a medium-sized dog, significantly longer than tall, covered with a rather long coat over most of the body and elegant in appearance and elegant in appearance. The movements of the Skye Terrier are characterized by the straight forward carriage of the limbs, a good main thrust provided by the hind limbs and a good forward extension of the forelegs.



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Hair type Long
Origin Britain
Template Average
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 10 kg to 13 kg From 24 cm to 26 cm
Male From 12 kg to 15 kg From 24 cm to 26 cm
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History of the breed

The Skye Terrier   corresponds to a breed of very ancient Scottish origin . Formerly known as the West Island Terrier, the Skye Terrier descends in particular from the Cairn Terrier. Among the representatives of the breed, the most famous is certainly Greyfriars Bobby , passed down to posterity for having watched over the grave of his late master until his own death in the district of Greyfriars Churchyard in Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1858.

Skye Terrier Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: fairly long, flat, hard in texture, straight and never curled. The outer coat is associated with a tight and softer undercoat. Wicks in the head partly veil the eyes and face of the dog.
Its color: black, gray (light or dark), fawn or cream, always with black ends.
His head: rounded, well proportioned to the whole. The skull is powerful, moderately broad at the back and tapering towards the muzzle. The nose is black, the jaws strong, of the same length and articulated in scissors.
His ears: either erect with elegant fringes and medium size, or drooping and larger.
His eyes: brown in color, ideally dark, medium in size and particularly expressive.
His body: long, low, appearing flat on the sides due to the flat character of the hair. The back is quite straight, the kidney rather short, the chest well let down, the rib cage oval and long.
Its tail: hanging in its upper part or raised in the continuity of the line of the dis. Trimmed with elegant fringes.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Skye Terrier   is a dog full of dignity, extremely loyal and loyal to his master . He is much more reserved, even suspicious, towards people he does not know, without being aggressive. Overall, the Skye Terrier is blessed with a balanced temperament and is pleasant to live with.

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The Skye Terrier is educated in a balanced way, in other words by showing firmness, but also gentleness . The goal is to make him understand the limits not to cross, but also not to offend his sensitivity. Above all, it will be about betting on his intelligence and his desire to please his master, in particular through positive reinforcement methods favoring encouragement and rewards.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Skye Terrier can adapt to all lifestyles and settings , from apartments to country homes.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Skye Terrier   is a strong and resistant dog . Its double coat gives it good protection against the cold and bad weather. However, there are certain predispositions to diseases and abnormalities in this breed, including the following: allergic dermatitis, hypothyroidism, hepatitis (due to copper overload), megaesophagus, colitis.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Herniated disc
Minor concerns
Von Willebrand disease
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Skye Terrier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Skye Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Skye Terrier is subject to 2 moults per year, usually occurring in the fall and spring. During these moults, however, the hair loss is not spectacular and remains perfectly manageable if maintenance is provided regularly .

It is recommended to regularly treat the dog’s coat by hand , working strand by strand , then gently pulling with a comb from the root to the end . One bath per month is sufficient.

His eyes and ears should be examined and cleaned weekly to avoid infections. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,200
1500 €

The purchase price of a Skye Terrier is between € 1,200 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 350
€ 450

The annual maintenance cost of a Skye Terrier is between 350 € and 450 €.

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The Skye Terrier needs quality food , suitable for its level of physical activity, size and age. One meal a day , preferably in the evening, is enough for him.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Skye Terrier is no more demanding than other breeds in terms of activity, but it does need one or two daily outings to stretch its legs, awaken its senses and interact with its owner through games and exercises.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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