Skye Terrier Breed Standard
The Skye Terrier is a dog of style, elegance and dignity:
agile and strong with sturdy bone and hard muscle. Long, low and level-he is
twice as long as he is high-he is covered with a profuse coat that falls
straight down either side of the body over oval-shaped ribs. The hair well
feathered on the head veils forehead and eyes to serve as protection from brush
and briar as well as amid serious encounters with other animals. He stands with
head high and long tail hanging and moves with a seemingly effortless gait. He
is strong in body, quarter and jaw.
Size, Proportion, Substance
ideal shoulder height for dogs is 10 inches and bitches 9½ inches. Based on
these heights a 10 inch dog measured from chest bone over tail at rump should be
20 inches. A slightly higher or lower dog of either sex is acceptable. Dogs 9
inches or less and bitches 8½ inches or less at the withers are to be penalized.
Proportion--The ideal ratio of body length to shoulder height is
2 to 1, which is considered the correct proportion.
Substance--Solidly built, full of strength and quality without
being coarse. Bone is substantial.
Long and powerful,
strength being deemed more important than extreme
Eyes brown, preferably dark brown, medium in
size, close-set and alight with life and
Ears symmetrical and gracefully feathered.
They may be carried prick or drop. If prick, they are medium in size, placed
high on the skull, erect at their outer edges, and slightly wider apart at the
peak than at the skull. Drop ears, somewhat larger in size and set lower, hang
flat against the skull.
Moderate width at the back of the skull tapers
gradually to a strong muzzle. The stop is slight. The dark muzzle is just
moderately full as opposed to snippy. Powerful and absolutely true jaws. The nose
is always black. A Dudley, flesh-colored or brown nose shall disqualify. Mouth
with the incisor teeth closing level, or with upper teeth slightly overlapping
Neck, Topline, Body
gracefully arched, carried high and proudly.
The backline is level.
Body pre-eminently long and low, the chest deep, with
oval-shaped ribs. The sides appear flattish due to the straight falling and
Tail long and well feathered. When hanging,
its upper section is pendulous, following the line of the rump, its lower
section thrown back in a moderate arc without twist or curl. When raised, its
height makes it appear a prolongation of the backline. Though not to be
preferred, the tail is sometimes carried high when the dog is excited or angry.
When such carriage arises from emotion only, it is permissible. But the tail
should not be constantly carried above the level of the back or hang
Shoulders well laid back, with tight
placement of shoulder blades at the withers and elbows should fit closely to the
sides and be neither loose nor tied. Forearm should curve slightly around the
chest. Legs short, muscular and straight as possible. "Straight as possible"
means straight as soundness and chest will permit, it does not mean "Terrier
Feet-- Large hare-feet preferably pointing
forward, the pads thick and nails strong and preferably
Strong, full, well developed and well
angulated. Legs short, muscular and straight when viewed from behind. Feet as in
Double. Undercoat short, close, soft and woolly.
Outer coat crisp, straight and flat. 5½ inches long without extra credit granted
for greater length. The body coat hangs straight down each side, parting from
head to tail. The head hair, which may be shorter, veils forehead and eyes and
forms a moderate beard and apron. The long feathering on the ears falls straight
down from the tips and outer edges, surrounding the ears like a fringe and
outlining their shape. The ends of the hair should mingle with the coat of the
neck. Tail well feathered.
The coat must be of one
over-all color at the skin but may be of varying shades of the same color in the
full coat, which may be black, blue, dark or light gray, silver platinum, fawn
or cream. The dog must have no distinctive markings except for the desirable
black points of ears, muzzle and tip of tail, all of which points are preferably
dark even to black. The shade of head and legs should approximate that of the
body. There must be no trace of pattern, design or clear-cut color variations,
with the exception of the breed's only permissible white which occasionally
exists on the chest not exceeding 2 inches in diameter.
The puppy coat
may be very different in color from the adult coat. Therefore, as it is growing
and clearing, wide variations of color may occur; consequently, this is
permissible in dogs under 18 months of age. However, even in puppies there must
be no trace of pattern, design, or clear-cut variations with the exception of
the black band encircling the body coat of the creme colored dog, and the only
permissible white which, as in the adult dog, occasionally exists on the chest
not exceeding 2 inches in diameter.
The legs proceed
straight forward when traveling. When approaching, the forelegs form a
continuation of the straight line of the front. The feet being the same distance
apart as the elbows. The principal propelling power is furnished by the back
legs which travel straight forward. Forelegs should move well forward, without
too much lift. The whole movement may be termed free, active and effortless and
give a more or less fluid picture.
That of the
typical working terrier capable of overtaking game and going to ground,
displaying stamina, courage, strength and agility. Fearless, good-tempered,
loyal and canny, he is friendly and gay with those he knows and reserved and
cautious with strangers.
flesh-colored or brown nose shall disqualify.
Effective March 28, 1990
changes in the breed standard adopted in 2009 : The length
of the dog dress must stay reasonable. It mustn't disturb
the dog walk. The coat franges on the eyes won't disturb
the dog eyesight.