AKC PuppyFinder: Skye Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Plucky but dignified, calm but sometimes stubborn; famously loyal and devoted
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Not a particularly hyper terrier, Skyes do well with long walks and vigorous play
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 10 inches (male), 9.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 35-45 pounds (male), slightly lighter (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Having long been a companion to nobility, the Skye Terrier is prized for its loyalty and devotion. He's more refined and dignified than other working terrier, but he still has lots of his terrier traits, including fearlessness and curiosity. Whether on long walks or curled up on the couch with you, he's an affectionate and uncommonly loyal companion. Your Skye Terrier puppy needs early socialization to overcome his natural reserve and sensitive, but firm training. Once you've earned his affection, he will love you unreservedly for life.

History & Job
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Origin: Scotland

Year Recognized: 1887

Breed History & Job Description: Skye is the largest, most northerly of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides islands. In the 1600s the rugged, hard-coated terrier bred by the island’s farmers to control the fox and badger population became a favorite of British nobles, an unusual development for a working farm dog. The peak of Skye popularity came in the late 19th century, when Queen Victoria championed the breed. These were the days, a historian wrote, when “a duchess would almost be ashamed to be seen in the park unaccompanied by her long-coated Skye.”

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Skye Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like patellar luxation and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Skyes are healthy dogs.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:


  • No recommended health tests
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Skye Terrier Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.stca.us/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2016 Popularity: 178
  • Breed Referral Contact: Joan Fingar - 585-247-3086
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