The Skye Terrier is a hunting dog that prefers to explore safe areas.
The Skye is well suited to living indoors, enjoying life as a house pet. The purest of this breed were found on Skye Isle, thus the name Skye Terrier.
The breeds were first described in the 16th century when they were already noteworthy for their long coat. Some confusion exists in tracing its history because, for a certain time, several different breeds had the same name "Skye Terrier".
The loyal dog, present under the petticoat of Mary, Queen of Scots at her execution, has been ascribed as a Skye Terrier. In 1840, Queen Victoria made the breed fancy, keeping both drop-(floppy) and prick-(upwards) eared dogs in her care.
This popularity came with it when the Skye Terrier came to America. Once the AKC recognized the Skye in 1887, it quickly appeared on the show scene. Its popularity has steadily declined over the years to the point that this unique breed is one of the least known terriers, with little awareness of its former popularity.
Speaking of being friendly, the Skye Terrier is a very friendly and affectionate dog breed that loves being around his owner and he is also a great family dog because he likes being around children and he is gentle towards them. Another interesting thing is that this dog is very friendly towards strangers, perhaps even too much.
The standard height for a Skye Terrier is 10 inches (male) and 9.5 inches (female), and it weighs between 25 - 40 pounds. The Skye has a double coat, with a hard, straight topcoat with a soft and short undercoat. The shorter hair of the head veils his eyes and forehead, creating a moderate beard.
This breed has well feathered ears and the hair usually falls like a fringe (in prick-eared), accenting the form and blending with the side locks. It can have fawn, blonde, blue, light or dark grey, and black fur with black points (ears and muzzle). Except for the ears' size and shape, there is no significant difference found between the prick- and drop-eared varieties. In prick-type, the ears are medium-sized, carried high on the skull and angled slightly outwards.