American Canine Association


Skye Terrier


Dating back to the early 1600's, the Skye Terrier is the result of Maltese bloodlines, being crossed with local terrier bloodlines in Scotland. This breed was used to hunt small vermin and wild animals on farmland for their owners. Today, this breed is a beloved companion dog for many families across the USA.


The Skye Terrier is a medium sized breed dog with males and females generally weighing 25-35 pounds in weight and measuring 10-12 inches in height. This breed has a wedge shaped head, forming into a narrow and long muzzle with a scissor bite. The space between their ears is broad and flat, with two large ears positioned off to the sides and flowing with long hair. Their two eyes are small and round in shape, generally a dark brown to black in color. Their tail is medium in length and almost the same thickness to the point. Their general body build is thick, low to the ground and long. Their hair is long in length, wavy in appearance and semi harsh to the touch. It is available in black, gray, blue, silver, fawn or tan as well as all shade variations of these colors. White on their chest is possible.


The Skye Terrier is a Terrier none the less, which means that potential owners need to be aware of Terrier tendencies such as trying to push their owners limits, chasing wild animals, digging and being active. The Skye Terrier is a loyal, calm, independent breed who prefers to keep to themselves at times. Their obedient and require a daily job or rules to follow in order to remain healthy and happy. This breed requires a daily walk and would benefit from early socialization and obedience classes. As always, we only recommend positive reinforcement training methods. This breed makes a good watchdog and is generally reserved with strangers. The Skye Terrier is recommended only for homes with other canines due to their natural nature to hunt.


This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed. Regular professional grooming in required.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Skye Terrier prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care. This breed requires a properly fenced in yard, or properly fitting harness and leash while outdoors at all times. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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