The Skye Terrier is believed to be one of the oldest terriers known today. It is said that the breed was developed in the 1600s when some Maltese dogs that survived a shipwreck on the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Hebrides mated with local terrier breeds. The breed is actually under threat of extinction with the current small breeding pool in the UK and is actually placed in the list of most endangered native breeds.
Bearing resemblance to the Welsh Corgi, it weighs between 25 to 40 pounds and has an average height of 10 inches. It is long and low to the ground. It has a long head, a slight stop and dark brown eyes. It has ears that are either erect or dropped and well-feathered. The tail is long and also well-feathered but not curled or carried up above the back. The nose is black and its feet are long and large. The coat is made of two layers where the undercoat is soft and woolly and the top coat is made of flat, straight and hard hairs. It has shorter hair on the head which covers the forehead and the eyes and is typically parted on the center. Colour includes black, blue, gray-blue, dark or light gray, silver platinum, fawn or cream with occasional black markings on the ears, muzzle and tip of the tail.
The Skye Terrier is a loyal, loving and affectionate breed with a good-natured temperament. It is playful and love attention from its owner and the family. They like to chase and cannot be trusted alone with small non-canine pets. The breed is actually fairly healthy with no known genetic defects or conditions and can live for about 12 to 15 years.