Skye Terrier Description
The Skye Terrier is a short, small to medium sized dog, and is actually far hardier and studier than he looks. He has a double coat, with a soft undercoat and a straight, flat outer coat. This is a long dog, and is twice as long as he is high. The coloring of the Skye Terrier can be fawn, gray, blue, silver, black, or cream. The height of the Skye Terrier is 10-12 inches for females and 11-14 inches for males. In terms of weight the Skye Terrier reaches around 25-40 pounds.
Lively yet laid back, the Skye Terrier is a courageous dog with fierce loyalty and devotion when it comes to his family. The Skye Terrier often forms a particularly close with one person, and is very in tune with the emotions of his owner. These dogs thrive on the attention and love of their owners, and need plenty of attention and devotion - this is not the right choice for those with little time to devote to a pet. Early socialization is recommended with this breed, as some can grow to be suspicious. Many can also be stubborn and bossy, and need an owner with confidence and assertiveness making them best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership. A fairly small dog with plenty of character, the Skye Terrier is adaptable and independent.
The Skye Terrier is not an overly active dog, but will enjoy regular walks and interactive play. He does tend to chase other animals, and is fast and agile, so you should ensure that he has a safe and secure area in which to exercise when not on leash. The Skye Terrier does not like to be handled roughly, and is therefore best suited around children that are gentle and older. He is naturally suspicious around strangers, and although his suspicious attitude needs to be watched it can also make him an effective watchdog. Early socialization is also required around other animals, as the Skye Terrier can be bossy around other dogs and will chase smaller animals including cats.
The grooming requirements for the Skye Terrier are moderate, and you will need to brush and comb his coat several times a week to keep it in good condition. You may want to get the coat trimmed to keep it a little shorter. The Skye Terrier is a medium shedder, and may therefore be unsuitable for those with allergies.
The Skye Terrier's history is one that is widely disputed. Some believe that the Skye Terrier came from the story of a shipwreck. It is thought that in the 1600s, a ship from Spain crashed against the rocks of the island of Skye. When this happened, the survivors included Maltese dogs that then interbred with the local terriers. This new breed even became popular with Queen Victoria in the 1800s.
Others seem to believe that the Skye Terrier is actually a cross between the Celtic terriers and the Swedish Vallhund of the Viking invaders, or perhaps these breeds then mated with the Maltese.
The Skye Terrier has a high capacity for learning, so they can be trained quite easily with persistence and patience. Because of their loyal nature, they will need to be socialized with other people away from their siblings in order to learn how to handle strangers. This should be done when they are puppies to help them learn how to interact without barking or biting.
The main techniques to use with a Skye Terrier are respect, consistency, and fairness. When they are learning, you want to make sure you are rewarding them consistently or punishing them fairly for the error. They will learn to be obedient, but you will need to continue their training throughout their life in order to see consistent results.
While their problem solving skills are not ranked as highly as their ability to learn, the Skye Terrier is still a breed that will respond to training if you start early and stick with it.
To help prevent their excessive barking tendencies when disturbed or when around strangers, you will want to make sure they feel comfortable. This can begin with introducing the dog slowly to new people and to new situations to see how they react. You can even reward this breed to help reinforce the good behaviors.
However, if you are not consistent with your training, you might find some of the negative behaviors coming out in your Skye Terrier: excessive barking, willfulness, suspiciousness, aggressiveness, etc.
You might want to remember that the Skye Terrier is not a dog breed that will do well in extended training situations. They can become easily bored, so you will want to always change up the training session or intersperse it with other activities that don't require a lot of focus.
Other skills that you can develop with a Skye Terrier include tracking and feats of agility, so this might be a good way to focus their training.
The Skye Terrier has a life expectancy of around 12-14 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes thyroid problems, HD, allergies, cancer, autoimmune problems, and spinal issues. Premature closure of growth plate can also result from puppies jumping around too much, and this can lead to arthritis later in life. The parents of the Skye Terrier puppy should have OFA certificates.