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Is the Skye Terrier right for you?

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The basics:
The Skye Terrier was developed on the Isle of Skye, on the northwestern coast of Scotland, to pursue vermin like badgers-- a task that demands strength, courage, and intelligence. According to the Skye Terrier Club of America, "The Skye was the most widely known of all the terriers down to the end of the 19th century. Queen Victoria's early interest and Sir Edwin Landseer's paintings featuring the breed helped attract attention."

As one of the more serious-minded of the terriers, the Skye does best with an owner who has a good grasp on terrier psychology and who knows how to be a firm, consistent alpha without harming the dog's sense of personal dignity. They might not be the best choice for a completely inexperienced dog owner.

Appearance / health:
The Skye Terrier is an elegant and dignified dog with a profuse coat that falls down on either side of the body. The long feathering on the ears falls straight down from the tips and outer edges, surrounding the ears like a fringe and outlining their shape. Skye Terriers have desirable black points on the ears, muzzle, and tip of tail. They tend to stand with the head held high and the long tail hanging down and move in a seemingly effortless gait.

The Skye Terrier's coat may require regular grooming to avoid matting. This may also help keep away tick infestation, flea problems, and painful skin disorders. The nails must be kept trimmed, the ears cleaned, and teeth checked for tartar.

The Skye Terrier may be bathed, using a good shampoo with conditioner. The shampoo should be squeezed or pulled through the coat to keep it nice and flowing. Skye Terriers need to be brushed and combed every other day to avoid matting. Some trimming may be necessary every three months.

Skye Terriers require at least 15-20 minutes of exercise daily. A daily walk is sufficient to exercise them.

The Skye Terrier is a robust breed, which suffers from few health problems. However, some dogs may suffer from hip dysplasia (malformation of the hips). One of the most serious abnormalities among the breed is known as premature ossification, which is a rare abnormality of the nervous system, caused by the enlargement of the magnum foramen or the large hole at the base of the skull. A hereditary metabolic defect of the liver has been recorded in the breed.

Behavior / temperament:
Skye Terriers are difficult to train. The breed needs to be trained with respect, fairness, and consistency. They probably do best in a single-pet family, since they have an instinctive desire to chase small pets and prefer to be the center of the family's attention.

Skye Terriers love to bark and do so without any particular reason.

challenging

grooming

interesting

chase rodents

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