The Skye Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
The origin of the Skye Terrier is tied up in folklore and legend. The breed is believed to have emerged in the 14th century on the Isle of Skye, just off the northwest coast of Scotland. One theory suggests the Skye Terrier descended from a group of terriers that arrived at the island via shipwreck while another theory proposes the breed originated with dogs brought over by the Vikings.
The Skye Terrier weighs 35 to 45 pounds and measures 9.5 to 10 inches.
The Skye Terrier has a long, silky coat that parts down the middle of their back and falls straight on either side of their body. The Skye Terrier sheds very little and should be brushed several times a week as well as bathed every two to three weeks.
Like all dogs, the Skye Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Skye Terrier is dignified and bold.
The Skye Terrier has the fearless, stubborn disposition of most terrier breeds. The Skye Terrier is alert and suspicious of strangers, and quick to protect their family if needed. This breed is not naturally assertive, but will not back down from a challenge – even from a much bigger dog.
The Skye Terrier takes life rather seriously and is laidback and quiet around their family. The Skye Terrier does not tolerate teasing or rough play, and is best suited to a home with older children, empty nesters or singles. They tend to attach themselves most closely to one person, although are loyal to everyone in their household.
The Skye Terrier is independent and strong-willed, but responsive as long as they have a confident, firm leader. With praise and consistency, the Skye Terrier can pick up training easily and go on to participate in tracking, obedience and agility. Some Skye Terriers are also trained as therapy dogs.
As part of their training, the Skye Terrier should have lots of early socialization. They tend to be aloof with new people and assertive toward other dogs if not well socialized.
The Skye Terrier likes exercise and a vigorous play session, but is less active than other terrier breeds. The Skye Terrier should have a brisk daily walk as well as regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play.