FCI-Standard N° 75 / 20. 01. 1998 / GB
ORIGIN: Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD: 13.10.2010.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 3 Terriers.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: 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.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Long; twice as long as high, with coat of good length, Moves with seemingly effortless gait. Strong in quarters, body and jaw.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Body long, low, twice as long as high.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Elegant and dignified. A ‘one-man’ dog, distrustful of strangers, never vicious.
CRANIAL REGION: Long and powerful, strength not sacrificed for extreme length.
NECK: Long and slightly crested.
BODY: Long and low. Sides appear flattish due to straight falling coat.
TAIL: 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.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: 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.
Colour: 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.
shall be disqualified.
N.B: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.