The Skye's history is somewhat contradictory, but one widely accepted legend to their origin involves a Spanish shipwreck in the 1600's on Skye Island in the Scottish Hebrides. Some of the Maltese dogs that were on board survived and once on the island mated with local terriers, producing the unique and lovable Skye Terrier. Later on as the breed spread they became very popular with English nobility, and even Queen Victoria had a Skye Terrier.
Skye's are a very loyal breed and they will protect those they love. They're extremely intelligent and quite willful, making them somewhat difficult to train at times. They need a firm, but not harsh, hand in their obedience and will respect you as the master of the house once you let them know that you're the boss.
They're very friendly and loving with the people they know, but are very reserved around strangers. Anyone that "tries" to make a Skye like them will most likely be rejected immediately and ignored. Skye's have to make up their own mind about things! Once you've won his heart, however, you won't find a more loyal, devoted dog. They're very selective about who they give their regard to, and you have to deserve their love in order to get it. This breed embodies the term "high standards", which is what makes them so unique.
Early socialization of this breed is really important, which is why going to a reliable breeder is almost mandatory to find a good dog. They can be almost too standoffish if they're not put in many different situations when they're younger. It's also important to note that, for puppies and young Skye's, you should not give them lots of exercise. They're a big dog on small legs, and if they're too rambunctious when they're young they can easily develop a condition called Premature Closure, which will cause them to limp and hobble later in life.
Once they're older, however, Skye Terriers love to play and run. They should have a yard and will need daily walks to burn it all that energy off!
Skye's are generally a healthy breed and usually live to be 12-15 years old.
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||Males 35-40 pounds, Females 25-30 pounds
||Black, Blue, Silver, Gray, Fawn or Cream
||Fairly extensive due to their long hair
||AKC, FCI, UKC, CKC
||This breed has a depth of character not often seen in other dogs.