SKYE TERRIER DOG

Only an experienced and selected owner dares to a lifelong excursion to the Skye Island. The Skye Terrier has no style, elegance and dignity limits, besides being a “cute” Terrier, fearless and territorial. 
 
Despite its name, the Skye Terrier is twice as long as tall. An elegant Terrier with profuse that falls straight on both sides of the body. The hair is double. The undercoat is short, soft and woolly. The covering hair is long, hard, straight, and smooth and without curls and forms the characteristic veil on the forehead and eyes. The ideal withers height is between 25 – 26 cm. The KC standard also sets its length from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail in 103 cm. The head is long and strong, with medium eyes, dark colored and lively expression. The symmetric ears can be erect or dropped. When erect, they carry gracious bristles, if dropped they are usually longer. The muzzle relatively full, not turned up. The nose should be black (the spotted nose, pink or brown disqualifies). The neck is long and well provided with bristles. The shoulders well sloped backwards, not loose or together; short and muscular forelegs; the chest deep, oval ribcage. Hare feet, large, and preferably pointing forward. The hindquarters solid, well developed. Seen from behind they are short, muscular and straight. The Skye is black, light grey or dark, silver, brindle, cream, all with black tips, but without noticeable spot.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR
As its fans say, where there is a Terrier, the Skye is the limit! This is a sensitive Terrier, who knows people and needs people that know it. As any good Terrier, it is quire stubborn and needs a firm hand and education. Although it is stubborn and seems very brave, remember it is sensitive and can’t stand rough scolding. It is a great domestic dog, but loves to exercise moderately. It is not the best friend for many children, and more like the choice for experienced people.
 
DEVELOPMENT
When buying a Skye Terrier, what you don’t see is what you get! The Skye puppy is small, adorable, with Little hair, and a Mickey Mouse lookalike. But the Skye grows larger than a mouse, or a Yorkie, and it should be considered a large dog (but with small dog limbs!). The puppy hair is always soft, and after five months it is replaced by hard hair with good texture. The puppy hair, which is still as cotton, will not get better; a good textured hair at this age can only improve. Narrow headed specimens usually have problems raising the ears. Specimens with a broad head need help to keep their ears raised.
Getting both ears to rise needs some help, including trimming the hair over the ears to lighten them. Dentition is not helpful either. The puppy color will change, although not too much. Many times a color stripe can indicate the adult color.
The Skye has demanding hair and it should be tended since it is a puppy. The coat will not be complete until after 18 or more months. In the same litter puppies with raised and dropped ears can be present. A raised ear puppy should only be crossed with another. Watch the puppy’s teeth, since a correct scissor bite is very important in the breed, and the lack of molars and premolars is a frequent problem.
 
Trust in what your breeder says your adult puppy will be. With time, the hair, the ears and the puppy color will look more like a Skye Terrier. 
The dropped ear Skye Terrier is very frequent, and can emerge in the same litter than the raised ear variety.
 
HEALTH             
“I’m off to Disneyland!” Mickey Mouse’s ears are more predictable than the Skye’s ears. 
 
Before these two come out their mother, observe that two raised ear puppies came from a dropped ear mother. Educating the Skye requires an experienced and consistent hand, and a good dose of patience. Own. Susan Parsons and Robin Stiles.
All in all, the Skye Terrier is a resistant, long lived dog. The future owner should consider than an adult Skye has a coat that requires much maintenance. A knot filled Skye is a true horror. Split tail, which are usually detected at birth are frequent and undesirable, although not describes as a defect in the breed standard. A more serious anomaly of the forelegs, known as premature ossification, is frequent Skye. It can only be identified through X – rays, and many breeders are concerned about it. A nervous system anomaly, quite rare, caused by a foramen magnum enlargement, is characterized by a strange and compulsive behavior, as scratching its ear. This is not well documented in the breed. Veterinarians report a copper toxicity of genetic origin, as well as a hereditary metabolic liver defect.