Skye Terrier

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The most well-known Terrier up until the late 1800s, the Skye, has since fallen sharply in popularity, which is a shame because he is a plucky, dignified, and devoted pet. His appearance – medium build, shaggy hair past his eyes, and huge pointy ears – is unique among the Terriers and an excellent conversation starter.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 9in - 0ft 10in
Weight: 25-45lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 14 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty4/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

Skye Terrier Information

For those lucky enough to welcome a Skye into their home, they’ll find he is fiercely loyal to his family, reserved and calm, and sensitive to the needs of others. He needs moderate exercise to remain on his best behavior.


The Skye Terrier is a small, sturdy dog breed with a long, flowing coat and a fierce, independent spirit. Originally hailing from the Isle of Skye in Scotland, these dogs have a rich history dating back to the 16th century.

Despite their small size, Skye Terriers are known for their bold and tenacious nature, making them excellent guard dogs and hunters. They were initially used for hunting small game, such as rabbits and otters, and were prized for their ability to brave harsh weather and rugged terrain.

Training and Temperament

In terms of training, Skye Terriers can be somewhat stubborn and require a patient and consistent approach. They are intelligent and respond well to positive reinforcement but can become easily frustrated if training is not approached in the right way.

Regarding temperament, Skye Terriers are generally friendly and affectionate with their families but can be reserved or even aloof with strangers. They are protective of their territory and may bark at unfamiliar visitors.


Grooming is an important part of caring for a Skye Terrier, as their long, thick coat requires regular brushing and combing to prevent tangles and mats. They may also require occasional trimming to maintain their signature long, flowing look.

Overall, the Skye Terrier is a unique and endearing breed that requires patience and commitment from its owners. With the proper training and care, they make loyal and loving companions for those willing to embrace their independent spirit.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Skye Terriers be apartment dogs?

The Skye Terriers does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can Skye Terriers be left alone?

While Skye Terriers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Skye Terriers good with kids?

Skye Terriers can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Skye Terriers friendly with strangers?

Skye Terriers tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do Skye Terriers get along with other dogs?

Skye Terriers aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Skye Terriers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Skye Terriers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Skye Terriers shed a lot?

Skye Terriers shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Skye Terriers need a lot of grooming?

The Skye Terrier requires continued maintenance to keep their coats in healthy condition. They're not the most demanding but are on the higher end.

Do Skye Terriers need a lot of exercise?

A Skye Terrier will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Skye Terriers easy to train?

Most Skye Terriers are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Skye Terriers handle cold weather?

Skye Terriers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Skye Terriers handle hot weather?

Skye Terriers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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