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The Skye Terrier, a dog with a strong temperament

Although it has the perfect physique of a companion dog, the Skye Terrier has a strong temperament and you must have strong nerves before adopting this breed. Beyond that, it is a dynamic, daring and courageous animal.

Characteristics of the Skye Terrier


The Skye Terrier is a dog of more or less average size, varying between 25 and 26 cm in height and 103 cm in length. They are longer than they are tall and are distinguished by their strong bones, muscular build and light, elegant style. This low-legged dog has a powerful and long head. This great length should not overpower the strength. The skull of moderate size becomes finer as it reaches the muzzle. The nose remains black, the stop is light and the muzzle reveals a powerful aspect. The Skye Terrier has medium-sized eyes that are brown in color and give off a lively look hidden behind a dense tuft of hair. As for the ears, they are drooping or straight depending on the variety. They must always be black, whatever the color of the dress. As for the hair, it is long and even reaches the ground. It can be black, light grey, fawn or cream.

History of the Skye Terrier breed


The Skye Terrier comes from England, more precisely from Scotland. It comes from an island located in the Hebrides archipelago. It is an extremely old breed that has been known as the Terrier of the Western Isles. On this subject, the Skye Terrier has been given so many names that it was difficult to determine its true origins in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We do know, however, that it owes its genetics to the Celtic terriers of the Isle of Skye and to basset hounds. The Skye Terrier was mainly used to hunt pests in farms and houses. It became more famous when it won the hearts of Queen Elizabeth I and then Queen Victoria.

Living requirements and behavior of the Skye Terrier


The Skye Terrier has a strong character. For a long time, it has developed a strong, even aggressive temperament. But the selections made by the breeders allowed to correct this defect. The Skye Terrier is now appreciated for its devotion and loyalty to its masters. It is said that it is the dog of only one master, but if it evolves in family, it becomes a very sympathetic companion for all. This dog is very observant, courageous and alert, which is why it can be used as a guard dog. It also has the advantage of being able to live in all environments, including urban areas. To be happy, he just needs to run and walk around.

Diet and main health problems of the Skye Terrier


The Skye Terrier can be victim of some pathologies like atopic dermatitis as well as hypothyroidism. For its health, it must enjoy the best diet. In adulthood, this breed will be satisfied with a single meal to be given preferably in the evening.