Non-sporting Breeds

Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 10 in (25cm) Bitch: 9 in (24cm)
Weight: 25 lb (11.3kg)
Coat: Long, hard, straight, flat, and free from curl, with a short, close, soft, woolly undercoat
Color: Black, dark or light gray, fawn or cream, all with black points

The Skye developed from small dogs kept in the Highlands of Scotland to go to ground after badger, fox, otter, and rabbit. The best of these "earth" terriers were said to originate in the Isle of Skye. For a considerable time, the Skye and Cairn Terriers were thought to be one breed, the Cairn being described as a Short-haired Skye. There were also Skyes with drop and pricked ears. Probably the most famous Skye Terrier is Greyfriars Bobby, the subject of a romantic tale. In the 1850s, Bobby's master died and was buried in the graveyard of Greyfriars' Church in Edinburgh. Bobby lay on his master's grave for 14 years until his own death. A statue to commemorate Bobby's faithfullness stands near Greyfriars' Church. The SkyeTerrier tends to be suspicious of or uninterested in anyone other than its owner. Its magnificent long coat requires a considerable amount of grooming, particularly as this little dog enjoys country walks.
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