Famed for having a strong bond with its humans a Skye is a highly person orientated dog and makes a good family pet, often watching over children and adults when out of the house. It can be very sensitive to its human’s moods and will offer affection in times of sadness (cleaning up spilled tears is a specialty) and comic relief in times of difficulty. Although initially wary of strangers the Skye is a friendly dog and once the first meeting is over will welcome new friends with enthusiasm and sometimes noise!
Having been originally bred for ‘going to ground’ after the likes of rabbits and foxes the Skye is an energetic dog that just loves to run. They are at home in the countryside with open fields and woodland but are easily managed in urban areas so long as a good walk is provided daily. They enjoy play – especially tug and chase games – but being strong-willed terriers play must be managed by the humans to ensure that both human and Skye get the best out of all the games.
The Skye is an intelligent dog with a great capacity to learn. Like all terriers, they can be stubborn but they enjoy the interaction that comes with training and respond well to a kind but firm handler. A Skye puppy is a blank slate when it comes to training and can easily be transformed into a show stopping breed exhibit, a paw-perfect obedience champion or a well behaved and sociable pet dog with a little time and effort from its humans.
Being a heavily coated breed Skyes do need regular grooming. A Skye tends to enjoy being groomed as it allows them one-to-one time with their owners and they feel pampered. Like all dogs however, Skyes must be introduced to grooming brushes and combs at an early age to get them used to the sensation. They should also be acclimatised to scissors as the fur between their pads needs to be trimmed on a weekly basis and nail clippers as their dew claws need to be kept short.