Skye Terrier


Other names

Adult size Medium

Variants None

Coat type Long hair

Weight 12 - 18 kg

Height 25 - 26 cm

Life expectancy 12 - 15 years

Required daily excersie At least 30 minutes

Good with small children No

Non-shedding No

Hypoallergenic No


Hailing from the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Skye Terriers were originally bred for the purpose of hunting badgers, foxes, and otters. Nowadays, their strong loyalty has resulted in them being primarily bred for companionship. Unsuspecting in appearance, Skye Terriers have a particularly feisty demeanour. As such, early training is absolutely essential in ensuring the dog is obedient in situations involving strangers or other dogs. Socialisation to other pets and humans at their puppy stage greatly helps with this process. Skye Terriers have a distinct double coat, which may be coloured in a variety of colours such as fawn, blue, grey, blonde, and black.

Lifestyle and Living Environment

Small to medium in size, Skye Terriers can happily live in an apartment setting. Their fiery nature does not make them particularly appropriate for families with young children, or other small pets for that matter. Due to their pre-existent hunting instinct, it's not uncommon for Skye Terriers to prey on smaller, unknown animals. As such, it is important that in scenarios where these animals may be in close proximity that the dog remains securely fastened to its leash. For this reason, a dog-proof, fenced yard is also of paramount importance. Exercise requirements for this breed are towards the lower end of the scale, with around 30 minutes a day recommended.

Common Health Issues

Degenerative Disc Disease, Mammary Cancer, Hemangiosarcomas, Autoimmune Disease, Hyperthyroidism.