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Skye Terrier Breed Summary
Confident, Alert, Intelligent, Affectionate and Loyal
These doggies originate from the Isle of Skye, which is where they get their name from, and are thought to be one of the oldest breeds native to Scotland, dating back to the 14th century! Many believe that the breed are descendants of dogs that survived a shipwreck during the Spanish Armada in 1588 and that they mated with local terriers to result in the Sky Terriers we see today, although this is mainly just a legend as many were thought to have existed on the Island before this. They were thought to have originally been bred to control vermin as well as chase down game which they were very good at. They have not changed much through time and even Queen Victoria was big fan of the breed! They were finally recognised in 1993 although numbers of them are relatively low. For this reason, anyone wanting one of these guys would have to be put onto a waiting list.
These doggies, true to their Terrier natures, are very tenacious and love to dig and bark - much to the dislike of potential neighbours! However, they are a very affectionate breed and absolutely love 'hoomans', though they normally form the strongest bond with one person, often being referred to as 'one owner' dogs. They can be little off with smaller children and so would best suit a home with older children. But they do love to be involved in everything that goes on in the family home and will always warn their owners of anything suspicious that goes on. For this reason, they make fantastic watch dogs. Because they love 'hoomans' so much, they don't like to be left alone for too long as this can lead to them developing separation anxiety and thus destructive behaviours. For this reason, they need someone to be around for most of the day. However, for the right family, they make lovely family pets.