Skye Terrier

USD $500-$600 Price Avg.

Hunting Dogs



Breed Type



12-14 years


Breed Information

Group Hunting Dogs
Popularity/Rank 172
Origin Scotland
Other Names Clydesdale Terrier, Glasgow Terrier, Isle of Skye Terrier, Paisley Terrier, Silky Skye Terrier, The Fancy Skye Terrier
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $500-$600
How much does it cost to buy a Skye Terrier?
Skye Terrier are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $500 to $600 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Skye Terriers can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Medium
Weight Male: 35-40 pounds (16-18 kg),
Female: 25-30 pounds (11.5-14 kg)
Height 9.75-10.25 inches (25-26 cm)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Terrier breed. And FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.
Purpose fox and otter hunting
Date of Origin 1500s
Ancestry Terrier

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Soft, Straight
Coat Colors Black, Blue, Cream, Fawn, Gray, Platinum, Silver
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Cream, Fawn, Gray, Sable, Silver
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Fearless, Friendly, Good-natured, Intelligent, Loyal, Tempered
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Achondroplasia
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Cups Per Day 1 cups
Daily Cost $1.00 - $1.30
Monthly Cost $30.00 - $37.50


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Skye Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Skye Terrier is a small, long-haired breed of dog that originated in Scotland. It is a loyal and affectionate companion that makes an excellent family pet. The Skye Terrier has a distinctive appearance with its long, silky coat and short legs. It has a broad head with small ears and dark eyes. Its body is muscular and compact, with a deep chest and strong hindquarters.

The Skye Terrier has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years, making it one of the longest-living breeds of dog. It typically stands between 10 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 25 to 35 pounds when fully grown. The breed comes in several colors including black, blue, gray, silver, white, cream, red sable or wheaten sable.

The Skye Terrier is known for its friendly personality and loyalty to its owners. They are intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners but can be stubborn at times if not properly trained or socialized from an early age. They are also very protective of their families and will bark when strangers approach the home or yard.

Skye Terriers get along well with other dogs as well as cats if they are raised together from puppyhood but may be aggressive towards strange animals if not properly socialized from an early age. They also do well with children if they are raised around them from puppyhood but may become overly protective if not properly trained or socialized from an early age as well as being supervised when playing with children due to their size difference compared to larger breeds of dogs which could lead to accidental injury due to rough play or jumping up on them while playing which could cause harm due to their size difference compared to larger breeds of dogs which could lead to accidental injury due to rough play or jumping up on them while playing which could cause harm due too their size difference compared too larger breeds of dogs .

The temperament of the Skye Terrier is generally calm yet alert making them great watchdogs for homes without young children present in the home since they can become overly protective towards strangers entering the home without proper training or socialization from an early age .

The health issues associated with this breed include hip dysplasia , luxating patella , eye problems such as cataracts , progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) , glaucoma , entropion , ectropion , distichiasis (eyelashes growing inward) . Other health issues include skin allergies such as flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) . Regular vet checkups should be done every 6 months for this breed in order ensure any potential health issues can be caught before they become serious problems .

The adaptability level for this breed is moderate meaning it does best in homes where there isn’t much change happening all at once such as moving into a new house or having new people come into the home often since these changes can make them anxious . However they do adjust fairly quickly once settled into their new environment given enough time .

The benefits of owning a Skye Terrier include having a loyal companion who loves spending time outdoors exploring nature while still being able enjoy cuddling up indoors during colder weather months . They also make great watchdogs since they will bark when strangers approach your home giving you peace of mind knowing your family is safe inside your home while you’re away .


The Skye Terrier is a small, longhaired terrier breed originating from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The breed almost became extinct in the 19th century due to a lack of interest, but was saved by a few dedicated breeders. Today, the Skye Terrier is recognized as a distinct breed by most major kennel clubs.

The exact ancestry of the Skye Terrier is unknown, but it is thought to be descended from Scottish and English working terriers brought to the Isle of Skye in the 16th and 17th centuries. These terriers were likely used for hunting vermin and rodents on the island. In 1887, Lady Gordon Cathcart wrote an article in The Field magazine describing the Skye Terrier as "the most perfect and beautiful of all terriers". This article helped increase interest in the breed and led to its recognition as a distinct breed by The Kennel Club (UK) in 1887.

The Skye Terrier nearly became extinct in the late 19th century due to a lack of interest from breeders. However, a few dedicated fanciers kept the breed alive during this time. In 1901, only six Skye Terriers were registered with The Kennel Club. However, by 1911, registration had increased to 24 dogs. This increase was likely due to increased publicity surrounding Queen Victoria's favorite dog, Sharpie, who was a Skye Terrier.

Today, the Skye Terrier is recognized as a distinct breed by most major kennel clubs including The Kennel Club (UK), American Kennel Club (USA), Canadian Kennel Club (Canada), and Australian National Kennel Council (Australia). The breed remains relatively rare compared to other terriers breeds with only around 500 puppies being born each year worldwide.