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Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
13.10.2010.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Terrier.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 2Small-sized Terriers
Without working trial

KC
Terrier
UKC
Terrier

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
One of the oldest Scottish breeds; The Skye was once known as the Terrier of the Western Isles, evolving into what we now call the Skye Terrier, with a mix of breeds behind him, including Cairn Terrier prototypes. One of the most famed of the breed was Greyfriars Bobby who, in Edinburgh, around 1858 took up a vigil at his master’s grave in Greyfriars Churchyard until he too died. Greyfriars Bobby was buried in un-consecrated ground in the churchyard and his devotion is commemorated by a memorial plaque in the street and by a tablet on his grave. Although the majority of Skye Terriers are prick-eared, there is also a variety known as ‘drop-eared’, and then the ears hang flat against the skull.
UKC
The Skye is a very old Terrier breed, having been recognizable as a specific type for nearly four centuries. Native to the northwestern islands of Scotland, it is named after the Isle of Skye. Virtually unchanged through the years, the Skye has been valued as both a game working dog and a family pet. The Skye Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1993.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Long; twice as long as high, with coat of good length, Moves with seemingly effortless gait. Strong in quarters, body and jaw.
KC
Long, low, with coat of good length, twice as long as high. Moves with seemingly effortless gait. Strong in quarters, body and jaw.
UKC
The Skye is a Terrier of style, elegance and dignity, while remaining agile and strong, with sturdy, substantial bone and hard muscle. The breed is long, low and level - the ideal body length to height ratio is 2 to 1, which is considered to be the correct proportion. The breed’s profuse coat falls straight down either side of the body over the oval-shaped ribs. The hair is well-feathered on the head, and veils the forehead and eyes to serve as protection from brush, briars and serious encounters with other animals. The head is held high. The long tail is hanging. Movement is seemingly effortless. Body, quarters and jaws are strong.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Body long, low, twice as long as high.
KC
Elegant and dignified.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Elegant and dignified. A ‘one-man’ dog, distrustful of strangers, never vicious.
KC
A ‘one-man’ dog, distrustful of strangers, never vicious.
UKC
The ideal Skye Terrier is solidly built, with substantial bone, denoting strength and quality while never appearing coarse. The Skye possesses the typical working terrier temperament, capable of overtaking game and going to ground, displaying stamina, courage, strength and agility. Friendly and gay with those he knows and cautious and reserved with strangers, the Skye is also fearless, loyal and canny.

HEAD

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KC
Long and powerful, strength not sacrificed for extreme length. Moderate width at back of skull, tapering gradually with slight stop to strong muzzle. Nose black.
UKC
The head is long and powerful. Strength is considered more important than extreme length.

CRANIAL REGION

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FCI
Long and powerful, strength not sacrificed for extreme length.

Skull

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FCI
Of moderate width at the back of skull, tapering gradually to strong muzzle.
UKC
The skull is moderately wide at the back and tapers gradually towards a slight stop.

Stop

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FCI
Slight.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black.
UKC
The nose is black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Strong.
KC
Jaws strong and level with perfect, regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
The muzzle is strong with level jaws.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong and level with perfect, regular scissor bite, i. e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Brown, preferably dark brown, medium in size, close-set and full of expression.
KC
Brown, preferably dark brown, medium in size, close-set and full of expression.
UKC
The medium-size, close-set eyes are brown (preferably dark brown) in color. They are characteristically alight with life and intelligence.

Ears

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FCI
Prick or drop. When prick, gracefully feathered, not large, erect at outer edges and slanting towards each other at inner edge, from peak to skull. When drop, larger, hanging straight, lying flat and close at front.
KC
Prick or drop. When prick, gracefully feathered, not large, erect at outer edges and slanting towards each other at inner edge, from peak to skull. When drop, larger, hanging straight, lying flat and close at front.
UKC
The gracefully feathered, symmetrical ears may be carried either prick or dropped. Prick ears are medium in size and placed high on the skull. They are slightly wider apart at the peak than at the skull. The drop ears are slightly larger in size and are set lower, hanging flat against the skull.

NECK

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FCI
Long and slightly crested.
KC
Long and slightly crested.
UKC
The long, gracefully arched neck is carried high and proudly.

BODY

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FCI
Long and low. Sides appear flattish due to straight falling coat.
KC
Long and low, back level. Ribcage oval, deep and long. Short loin. Sides appear flattish due to straight-falling coat.
UKC
An outstanding breed characteristic is the long, low body. The backline is level. The chest is deep. The ribs are oval in shape, but the sides appear flat due to the profuse, straight-falling coat. The length of the body is in the ribcage, not the loin.

Back

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FCI
Level.

Loin

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FCI
Short.

Chest

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FCI
Deep; ribcage oval, deep and long.

TAIL

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FCI
When hanging, upper part pendulous and lower half thrown back in a curve. When raised, a prolongation of incline of back, not rising higher nor curling up. Gracefully feathered.
KC
When hanging, upper part pendulous and lower half thrown back in a curve. When raised, a prolongation of incline of back, not rising higher or curling up. Gracefully feathered.
UKC
The long tail is well feathered. When hanging, the upper section is pendulous and follows the line of the rump. The lower section is thrown back in a moderate arc, but does not twist or curl. The tail is not carried above the line of the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Shoulders broad, close to body, chest deep, legs short and muscular.
UKC
The shoulders are well laid back. The shoulder blades are tightly placed at the withers.

Shoulder

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FCI
Broad, close to body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The short, muscular legs are as straight as the chest will permit (not to mean "Terrier straight"). The forearms curve slightly around the chest. The elbows fit closely to the sides, being neither loose nor tied.

Forearm

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FCI
Legs short and muscular.

FEET

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KC
Forefeet larger than hind, pointing truly forward. Pads thick, nails strong.
UKC
Both fore and hind feet are large with thick pads. They point straight forward.

Forefeet

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FCI
Forefeet larger than hind, pointing truly forward. Pads thick, nails strong.

Hind feet

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FCI
Hind feet smaller than forefeet, pointing truly forward. Pads thick, nails strong.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong, full, well developed and well angulated.
Legs short, muscular and straight when viewed from behind.
KC
Strong, full, well developed and well angulated. Legs short, muscular and straight when viewed from behind. No dewclaws.
UKC
The strong, full, well-developed hindquarters are well angulated.

Stifle

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FCI
Well angulated.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The short, muscular hind legs are straight when viewed from behind. No dewclaws.

Hock joint

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FCI
Well angulated.

Rear pastern

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FCI
No dewclaws.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Legs proceed straight forward when travelling. When approaching, forelegs form a continuation of straight line of front, feet being same distance apart as elbows. Principal propelling power is furnished by hind legs which travel straight forward. Forelegs moving well forward, without too much lift. Whole movement termed free, active and effortless and gives a more or less fluid picture.
KC
Legs proceed straight forward when travelling. When approaching, forelegs form a continuation of straight line of front, feet being same distance apart as elbows. Principal propelling power is furnished by hind legs which travel straight forward. Forelegs moving well forward, without too much lift. Whole movement termed free, active and effortless and gives a more or less fluid picture.
UKC
Movement is free, active and effortless, presenting a fluid picture. When traveling, the legs proceed straight forward. When viewed from the front, the forelegs form a continuation of the straight line of the front, the feet being the same distance apart as the elbows. The forelegs move well forward, without too much lift. The hind legs, which also travel straight forward, furnish the principal propelling power.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Double. Undercoat short, close, soft and woolly. Outer coat of reasonable length, hard, straight, flat and free from curl, never impeding action. Hair on head shorter, softer, veiling forehead and eyes, but not obscuring vision. Mingling with side locks, surrounding ears like a fringe and allowing their shape to appear.
KC
Double. Undercoat short, close, soft and woolly. Outer coat reasonable length, hard, straight, flat and free from curl, never impeding action. Hair on head shorter, softer, veiling forehead and eyes, but not obscuring vision. Mingling with side locks, surrounding ears like a fringe and allowing their shape to appear.
UKC
The breed is double-coated. The short undercoat is soft and woolly. The hard, straight outer coat is flat and long. The body coat has a part from head to tail and hangs straight down each side of the body The hair on the head, which may be shorter than the body hair, veils the forehead and the eyes and forms a beard and an apron. The long ear feathering falls straight down from the tips and outer edges, outlining the shape of the ears and surrounding them like a fringe. The ends of the hair mingle with the coat of the neck. The tail is well feathered.

COLOUR

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FCI
Black, dark or light grey, fawn, cream, all with black points. Any self colour allowing shading of same colour and lighter undercoat, so long as nose and ears are black. A small white spot on chest permissible.
KC
Black, dark or light grey, fawn, cream, all with black points. Any self-colour allowing shading of same colour and lighter undercoat, so long as nose and ears are black. A small white spot on chest permissible.
UKC
Acceptable coat colors include: black, blue, dark or light gray, silver platinum, fawn and cream; all with dark points. Any of these solid colors may have shades of the same color or lighter undercoat, as long as the nose and ears are black. A small white spot on the chest is acceptable.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height 25-26 cms (10 ins), length from tip of nose to tip of tail 105 cms (411/2 ins). Bitches slightly smaller in same proportions.
UKC
Ideal height, measured at the withers, is: males, 10 inches; bitches, 9½ inches. Based on the ideal height, a 10-inch tall dog should be 20 inches long, measured from the breastbone to the rump.

Height at withers

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FCI
25 - 26 cms, length from tip of nose to tip of tail 105 cms. Females slightly smaller in same proportions.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.