skye terrier breed information

Skye Terrier

The Skye Terrier originated on the Isle of Skye, a Scottish island located to the northwest of the mainland. The only terrier belonging solely to the island, the Skye Terrier has remained constant in his appearance for at least four centuries – and it is an unusual appearance! His long body, supported by short legs, is low to the ground, and his hair coat is long and luxurious, almost completely obscuring his face and feet.

Skye Terriers enjoyed their most popular period in 19th century England and Scotland. Although they have been around for centuries, they are an extremely rare breed in the United States. Bred originally to be a general purpose working dog, the Skye Terrier is suited for many activities, including obedience, tracking and agility. He needs some sort of daily exercise, and his long coat needs regular grooming to keep it free of tangles.

Despite their working history, Skye Terriers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Skye Terriers are prone to include eye conditions such as lens luxation; respiration problems such as tracheal collapse; spinal conditions such as invertebral disc disease (IVDD); liver problems such as Copper Storage Hepatopathy; and skin conditions such as atopy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Skye Terrier inherits her mom’s bad back or her dad’s bad skin, you’re covered.

Common health issues

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