Maintaining a long coat, glamorous show coat requires expert grooming; modified clips are easier to keep.
Skyes are a medium sized dog with short legs, a long body, and a large head. The coat must be brushed several times a week to avoid uncomfortable mats and trimming is necessary to keep the hair from dragging along the ground.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Skye is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The coat must be brushed several times a week to avoid uncomfortable mats and trimming is necessary to keep the hair from dragging along the ground. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Fearless, curious, and tough, Skyes still exhibit much of the old-time terrier mettle. But long years as pets of the rich and royal have brought them a certain stylish refinement not seen in most farm dogs. Perhaps their number-one personality trait is steadfast loyalty, which includes protectiveness toward their favorite human. Skyes are reserved with strangers, suspicious of other dogs, but affectionate and merry with those lucky enough to earn their favor. Recommended for grownups looking for a bosom buddy of character and devotion.
Skye Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like patellar luxation and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Skyes are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Skye can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.