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Skye Terrier (Sitting, Face)
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Breed Information


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2018: #178

2017: #172

2016: #178

2015: #175

Name Skye Terrier
Other names None
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:1887 & UKC)
Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years







Height 9.75-10.25 inches (25-26 cm)

Male: 35-40 pounds (16-18 kg)

Female: 25-30 pounds (11.5-14 kg)









Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2000 USD

If you want to adopt a Skye Terrier puppy, then you can expect to pay less as compared to purchasing a puppy from a breeder. You will pay $300 to cover the costs of caring for a puppy before adoption. On the other hand, purchasing Skye Terriers from reputable breeders can be costly. They generally cost $1,500 to $2,000.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

The Skye Terrier is good for apartment life. It is relatively active indoors and will do okay without a yard.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

3 stars

Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also shy toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

2 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

The Skye Terrier needs a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of its exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill its primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. These dogs will also enjoy a good romp in a safe, open area off lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape.

Health Issues

4 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


4 stars

Ranking: #55 Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


2 stars

Difficult Training: Training will be difficult, which might not be suitable for a first time dog owner. Patience and perseverance are required to adequately train it. Professional obedience schools can also be helpful.

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

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Skye Terrier Puppy (Sitting, Face)
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Skye Terrier Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Maggie
02 Bruno Lola
03 Ollie Molly
04 Harley Penny
05 Rocco Luna
06 Cody Coco
07 Jax Lexi
08 Sam Emma
09 Hank Stella
10 Diesel Ruby
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Skye Terrier is a stylish and elegant dog that is, first of all, a working terrier. It is solidly built, with substantial bone, and twice as long as it is tall. The Skye's short legs enable it to go to ground in pursuit of fox and badger, and the long back imparts flexibility within a confined space. Its strong jaws further aid it in dispatching its prey. Its movement is free and effortless. The hard outer coat and close undercoat afford protection from the teeth of its quarry as well as harsh weather. The outer coat lies straight and flat, 5½ inches or more in length.

The Skye terrier's soft look belies its tough nature. It is a fearless and a deadly rodent hunter. It is also a mild-mannered house pet, one of the few terriers calm enough to live in the city. It still needs daily exercise in a safe area or on leash, however. It is sensitive yet stubborn. The Skye is affectionate with its family but cautious with strangers. It gets along fairly well with other dogs in the same household but may not mingle well with strange dogs. It is extremely courageous and game and makes a good watchdog.


The Skye Terrier is among one of the oldest terriers known today. In the early 1600s a Spanish ship wrecked off the island of Skye in the Scottish Hebrides. The ship had Maltese dogs onboard that survived and mated with the local terriers, resulting in the Skye Terrier breed. The dogs were used to hunt down vermin, fox and badger that would prey on the farmer's livestock. In the 19th century Queen Victoria took a liking to the breed and the Skye Terrier became very popular for a while, especially among the nobility. A Skye named "Greyfriar’s Bobby" was said to have guarded the grave of Constable John Grey, who was his master, for 14 years. Townspeople came and fed him until he died at age 16. A statue was placed in Edinburgh in the dog's honor. The Skye was first exhibited in England in 1864. The AKC recognized the breed in 1887.


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