The Skye Terrier is a small dog breed with a distinct general appearance. It is twice as long as high, low to the ground and profusely coated, distinctive physical attributes of a working breed displayed in elegance and beauty. It features a long head that tapers gradually to a black nose. It has dark brow, closely-set eyes, prick or drop ears with teeth that forms a regular scissor bite. Prick ears are erect and well-feathered while drop ears hangs straight down, lying flat and close at the front. It has a strong jaw with regular scissor bite and a long, slightly crested neck that aids in dispatching out its prey from the ground. The front and back legs are short but muscular cushioned by thickly padded feet, with forefeet larger than back feet. The double coat is made of short, close and woolly undercoat with long (about six inches), hard, straight and flat topcoat. It has feathered hairs on the forehead to protect the eyes from injuries. Coat colour ranges from black, dark or light grey, fawn, and cream with black points.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Skye Terrier is the oldest breed of dog that originated from Scotland and was named after its native origin, the Isle of Skye. It was first documented in the 1500s and was known as an effective hunter. There are numerous theories regarding the origin of the breed. One theory claims that it descended from dogs brought by Spanish sailors shipwrecked off the island of Skye which eventually bred with local terriers. However, this theory is hard to prove because it took place a long time ago, but the Skye terrier was known as such three hundred years ago. The breed was used to bolt foxes, badger and wild cats from the cairns and rough ground and for hunting of otters. It was made popular during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1840 when the queen herself started breeding both the drop- and prick-eared Skyes in her royal kennels. It quickly became a favourite among the nobilities. One of the most famous Sky terrier was a 19th century dog named “Bobby” from Edinburgh, Scotland who is said to spent a great deal of time on his master’s grave, John Gray, leaving only for a brief of time for meals at a nearby restaurant and may have spent colder winters in nearby houses. It was adopted by the Edinburgh city council and was laid to rest in 1872 not far from his master’s grave. Today, the Skye terrier is mainly a companion and family dog, very well adapted to living in country or town.
The Skye terrier is a pleasant, cheerful and affectionate breed. Bred as a hunter, it is very bold, courageous and independent. When it comes to working, it is rather more serious about its job than most terriers are. It is also rather suspicious of strangers; it does not like to be touched by them and may have a tendency to bite. The Skye Terrier likes to bark which makes it a good watchdog but can be quite annoying to neighbours especially if it will live in an apartment.
The Skye Terrier requires broad early socialization both with people and other animals to prevent the breed from growing up with an overly suspicious character towards strangers. Training should be consistent and with respect.
Grooming requirement is low because the coat of the Skye Terrier is resistant to tangling which only requires at least once a week of brushing. The coat between and around the toes and pads should be trimmed.
The Skye Terrier has a lifespan from 10 to 12 years and in general, it is considered a healthy breed. It suffers from a medical condition known as achondroplasia (drawfism) and is affected by several health problems including Skye limp or puppy limp. Degenerative disc disease – the degeneration of the intervertebral disc of the spine is also a common problem for short-legged dogs. In addition, mammary cancer (tumour in the mammary gland) is a leading cause of fatalities in the breed along with malignant tumours of the blood vessels (Hemangiosarcoma.) Other health concerns include autoimmune disease and hyperthyroidism.
Experts recommend foods that contain a mixture of ocean white fish with horse meat, poultry, wheat, corn and potato. This breed requires a very high content of fatty acid in its diet.
Exercise requirements are low, daily exercise such as short walks or a romp off the leash in a well-secured open space will keep the Skye Terrier in excellent shape.However, vigorous exercises should be avoided for puppies between 8 to 10 months. It should not be kept outdoors but will easily adjust to either an apartment or country living. It is suitable for an apartment living if it is well-maintained. It is relatively active when indoors and will do fine without a yard.
It has a playful character and does well with older, more considerate children but typically does not tolerate teasing. A strong hunting instinct makes it a poor companion to other small animals as well as other dogs, where it can be a bit dog-aggressive.