Skye Terrier

Life expectancy

15 years

Age adult

10 months

Height (Shoulder height)

24 cm


11 kg

Coat texture

long-haired / smooth / flat / dense

Coat color

black, fawn, blue, grey

Common illnesses

eye diseases / spinal disc herniation / canine multifocal retinopathy

Food expenses per month in €

about € 29

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not




Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


friendly / headstrong / bave / intelligent / stubborn / loyal

Bred for

badger hunt / fox hunt / otter hunt

Common illnesses

eye diseases / spinal disc herniation / canine multifocal retinopathy

Dog type according to FCI


FCI description

Terriers were bred to hunt mice and rats and to drive badgers and foxes out of the burrow. Here they are on their own. They had to decide for themselves what to do, be dauntless and fearless. Hesitant behaviour could cost them their lives, so they reacted to threats with resistance. Bull-like terriers grabbed hold in the fight against bulls or other dogs and were trained to hurt their opponent and never give up.

Almost all terriers have a pronounced hunting instinct, are persevering, courageous and stubborn. Their temperament must not be underestimated, even with good education they usually keep their own head and can become tyrants if they do not get enough species-appropriate activity and above all can live out their hunting behaviour. But they are also available for other activities. Since they are/have been left on their own, especially in caves, extreme caution is required with children when they crawl under tables etc. where a terrier has found his place.

Short description

The Skye Terrier is a lving and loyal companion, that needs a lot of devotion. A soft but firm training is recommended, as he can b very stubborn. Do not underestimate is hunting instinct. In order to prevent boredom he especially needs varying mental exercises.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.