Breeds of dogs: Skye Terrier

Breeds of dogs: Skye Terrier

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Origin, classification and history

Origin: Great Britain.
F.C.I classification: Group 3 - terriers.

He is said to have come from the Isle of Skie, a Scottish island in the Hebrides archipelago. The origins of this breed are not clear, because in the nineteenth and eighteenth centuries it was indicated by a large variety of names, including: Glasgow terrier, Paisley terrier, Fancy skye terrier, and many others, which generated a lot of confusion among scholars. However, his homeland is undoubtedly Scotland and its origins are certainly very ancient.

General aspect

Small dog, twice its height, low on the limbs, with abundant hair. His head is long and powerful. Very elegant terrier.


It binds morbidly to its sole master. He is very wary of strangers, although he is never biting. It is difficult to impose on him or force him to be relegated. It is a hunting dog in the den, although today it is much more widespread as a companion dog. Very nice and surprisingly agile dog. Able to free any garden from rodents.

Skye Terrier


Height: 25-26 cm at the withers for males, with a length of about 105 cm from the tip of the nose to the tail; slightly smaller females, with the same proportions.

Trunk: very long trunk, but well muscled and solid.
Head and muzzle: long and powerful head; skull at the top is of moderate width and gradually narrows towards the strong muzzle; the stop is light.
Truffle: black in color.
Teeth: the teeth are complete and correct.
Neck: strong and powerful.
Eyes: they are brown, preferably dark, of medium size and rather close to each other.
Ears: The erect ears are elegantly covered with hair, not large; their outer edge is perpendicular to the hairline, while the inner one is oblique from the tip towards the hairline; if they are hanging, the auricle is larger and falls straight, flat and close to the skull.
Limbs: they are short, muscular and straight.
Musculature: excellent development.
Tail: of correct length, thick at the root.
Hair: long, hard, straight, flat, not curled, short, thick and woolly undercoat.
Allowed colors: black, dark or light gray, fawn, cream, all with black tips.
Most recurrent defects: monorchidism, cryptorchidism, too long bone rays, too short or untreated hair, prognathism, enognatism, badly worn ears, saddled backline, depigmented truffle, incorrect gait, defective back, fearful or too shy character, stop too pronounced .

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: Terrier Group Judging And Presentation. Crufts 2019 (July 2022).


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