This adorable hairball hails from Scotland (namely the Island of Skye). There was a time when this breed used to be extremely popular with the British nobility: Queen Victoria in particular was quite the fancier. From there the Skye terrier’s popularity spread across the pond, and in late 19th – early 20th century it looked like the breed was well on the way to becoming a universal favorite. However, that never quite happened and the interest gradually died out. Currently the Skye terrier is considered an endangered breed that may well become extinct within 40 years.
Plucky, loyal and curious, Skye terriers are great for adult owners. Their silky coat needs regular combing, but otherwise they are relatively low-maintenance. Like many short-legged dogs they may suffer from degenerative disc disease. Jumping, climbing and even long walks are to be avoided for the first 8-10 months of a Skye terrier’s life, as active exercise may damage their bone growth and lead to problems later on.