The Skye Terrier is an elegant dog and fiercely loyal to those he knows and loves. Although a rare breed, anyone who has the opportunity to share hearth and home with a Skye is truly fortunate. Given the chance, and with loving instruction, Skyes participate in Obedience, Agility, Tracking, and Pet Therapy, as well as serving as couch companions. They are fearless, good-tempered, loyal and canny, he is friendly with those he knows and reserved and cautious with strangers.
The Skye Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds and is believed to have first been bred in Scotland over 400 years ago. This breed derived its name from their homeland, the Isle of Skye. First recorded in the 16th century, the Skye Terrier is known for its distinctive long coat and was often used to hunt otter and fox. For many years the Skye Terrier was only found in the northwestern part of Scotland. In 1840, Queen Victoria began breeding both the drop-eared as well as prick-eared varieties in her royal kennels and the breed then became very popular, especially among the nobility. In 1887, the breed was recognized by the AKC and became a favorite at dog shows.