Breed Profile

Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier
Skye Terrier
The Skye is an ancient breed, originally developed to hunt otters, foxes and badgers on the Islands of Skye and Colonsay. They were reportedly the "aristocrats", belonging to the laird (lord of the manor) and not kept with the other hunting dogs. The breed reached its height of popularity after Queen Victoria acquired her first Skye in 1842. There are two varieties of Skye – the prick ear and drop ear, the prick ear being the most popular at the present time.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

Skyes can live up 15 years of age.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

The Skye Terrier is cautious and reserved with strangers, requiring careful, early socialisation to mould their independent character. The Skye Terrier is happiest as a house dog and is devoted to their family, although will generally attach themselves to one particular family member.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

The Skye Terrier will not look for a fight, but if provoked can be a ferocious adversary. Dogs kept together will establish their own hierarchy, however, entire males will vie for top spot and may have to be separated. They will accept other animals if brought up with them from an early age, or if socialised correctly with them.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

The Skye Terrier has a thick double coat consisting of a soft undercoat and harsher topcoat. The coat will require a good brush with a pin brush and comb once a week, an occasional bath, toenail trim, and trimming of the hair between the pads. The Skye Terriers love their walks and will benefit from a daily 20 to 30 minute walk.

Please take note:
Socialisation of the Skye Terrier must be taken seriously otherwise they may resent being handled by strangers. Your puppy should be trained at an early age to lie on its side for grooming, as this will make the experience much more pleasant for the owner and dog.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the Skye Terrier is the dog for you and you realise that it must be socialised early so as to enjoy being handled, contact one of the groups listed below:


Recommended Breeders




Breeder NameKennelState 
Linda Castle Salphara QLD Contact
wendy moody ashjay NSW Contact
Robyn Davies Glemhaith NSW Contact
Julie Griffiths Jumipa VIC Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory: New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
Website: www.dogsact.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority : Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
Website: www.cccq.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia : Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
Website: www.dogssa.com.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
Website: www.tasdogs.com/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria: Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
Website: www.dogswest.com
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)

 

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