Skye Terrier
Skye Terrier

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Skye Terrier
Ch. Idrigill An Ivory Peacock (Feather),
with her daughter; Idrigill Castles In The Skye (Phoebe)

Photo courtesy of Idrigill Skyes

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Great Britain


Male: 10 inches (25 cm) high
Female: 9 ½ inches (24 cm)
The length should be twice the height.

Breed Profile:

The Skye Terrier, native to the Isle of Skye in Scotland, was bred as a fearless working terrier. He was used to track otter, badger and fox. It is generally believed that the Skye Terrier is the oldest of the Scottish Terriers dating back to the sixteenth century. Today's Skye, Cairn, Scottish, and West Highland White Terriers evolved from these original hardy, little terriers.

The Skye is a sturdy breed who is twice as long as he is high and his ears are either prick or drop. Originally, the drop-eared variety was favoured when the Skye was used as a working Terrier but, by the 19th century, the prick-eared variety became more popular as a pet and show dog.

The Skye's temperament is described as one with courage, strength and stamina. Although he may be reserved with strangers, he is friendly and good natured with those he knows. Fearless, alert, loyal, and sensitive, the Skye has the temperament of a typical working Terrier. The Skye's loyalty and devotion runs deep, however, the confidence and respect of a Skye must be earned.

He has a hard, straight, flat outer coat that hangs down to a length of 5.5 inches (14 cm). The hair on the head is shorter and softer with a veiling on the forehead and eyes. He also has a short and soft undercoat. His colour may range from cream to black, preferably with darker ears, muzzle and tail tip.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Skye Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

The Skye Terrier has a long and luxurious double coat that requires brushing once a week. The coat must be kept groomed or it will mat. Nails should be kept trimmed, ears cleaned and teeth checked and cleaned when necessary.

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

The Skye Terrier is generally reserved with strangers and can often appear standoffish. Early socialization is very important for this breed.

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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