Skye Terrier FCI Standard
Other theory states that the breed descended from small Maltese dogs. According to the story a ship from the Spanish Armada wrecked off of the island of Skye in 1588. Several small Maltese dogs were saved from drowning and were adopted by some islanders. By and by these specimens were mixed with the local canine population including terrier-type of dogs. It’s believed that the Sky Terrier owes its gorgeous coat exactly to the Maltese dog. Nonetheless this theory has one major flaw. The first references of the breed appeared much earlier than above-mentioned date.
Initially the Skye Terrier was bred solely for hunting purposes. The list if its common quarry includes foxes, badgers, rabbits and other small species of animals. The dog was supposed to pursuit them down in their burrows and drove them out or finished them off down there. With the lapse of time the Skye Terrier won the favour of the Scottish upper class and became a highly treasured family dog. The popularity of the breed skyrocketed in the XIX century when it eventually spread all over the world. The Sky Terrier attained a world-wide fame of being intensely loyal thanks to the specimen called Greyfriar’s Bobby. It spent 14 years guarding the grave of its master, police constable John Gray.
The beginning of the XX century was marked with gradual decline of the popularity of the Skye Terrier, which was replaced by some more fashionable breeds for example the Yorkshire Terrier. At the same time the breed was no longer used in its primarily role as a hunter but it became a constant participant of a conformation show as well as a pleasant and biddable family dog. However today the Skye Terrier is a rare breed and it was actually threatened by the complete extinction. Luckily to the breed, it gained many devotees both in the United Kingdom and the United States who are determined to ensure its long-term longevity.
The Skye Terrier was recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1887. Because of its rarity the United Kennel Club (UKC) granted its full approval to the breed only in 1993.
The breed displays distrust and aloofness towards unknown people and it’s prone to be somewhat human-aggressive at times. The Skye Terrier definitely requires timely socialisation to avert communicative issues from development. This faithful and attentive dog will make a highly responsible watchdog, which will unfailingly announce the approach of an unfamiliar person to your door. In fact it has potential of becoming a rather reasonable guard dog because of its powerful protective instinct.
The Skye Terrier has fairly quarrelsome disposition as far as it concerns other dogs. It does much better as a single dog and two Skye Terriers of the same sex will most likely never be able to co-exist peacefully. This recklessly brave dog will never back down from confrontation with other canines so it’s essential to walk it leashed at all times. It retains much of its prey drive intact so it will chase and kill everything that even slightly resembles a prey. This dog will accept a home cat as a part of the family only if they have been brought up together.
• mammary cancer;
• degenerative disc disease;
• puppy limp or skye limp;
• autoimmune disease.
The Sky Terrier responds better to food incentives than praise and doesn’t respond at all to forceful methods of training. Actually this dog is rather quick to take offence and tends to hold grudge for a long time. Furthermore it can even show open aggression if handled harshly and unjustly.