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Homecoming Update

This brown stone will do nicely!

This brown stone will do nicely!

The Skye Terrier’s Homecoming Project is moving forward! At the end of March two of our members, Sula and Thor, took their humans to The Torrin Quarry, Isle of Skye to check out a suitable stone for the plinth of the statue. The upper and lower surfaces of the granite will be cut into level surfaces for the installation of the statue but the sides will be left in their organic state.

Our grateful thanks go to The Torrin Quarry for the gift of the stone.

Wax Mould

Wax Mould

On the statue front, the ‘wax’ stage of the sculpture in the making…mould complete and used to create the Skyes in wax, they are hollow and the wax has an even thickness of approximately 6mm. The base of the statue will bear an inscription – English on one side and Gaelic on the other. The Gaelic reads: ‘Bha gràdh is sealbh aig Comann nan Abhagan Sgitheanach orra’. If you want to know what the English inscription says, make sure to attend the unveiling on July 24th!

Wax BodyDon’t forget you can still own your own unique piece of Skye Terrier history we still have a limited number of maquettes of The Homecoming available for purchase. Visit the Skye Terrier’s Homecoming Facebook page for more information – send us a message to enquire about your personal piece of Skye Terrier history!

The Skye Terrier Club, its members and enthusiasts of the breed continue to raise money to fund this project. If you would like to help the project to completion you can do so by donating via Paypal, using the button below.

Skye in Full Coat

Grooming the Glamorous Skye

Many people meeting Skyes the first time assume that their beautiful coat takes a lot of work to keep. While it looks spectacular, the Skye coat is also hardy and functional and can be controlled perfectly with weekly brushing.

The Skye Terrier has a double coat comprised of a soft, downy undercoat and a longer, harder topcoat. They have shorter, slightly softer fringing on their ears and head forming a veil that does not limit their vision as the hair naturally falls into a centre parting. When in full coat the only part that is trimmed is the fur between the pads on the feet.

Essential grooming equipment for the Skye coat: a pin brush, a long-toothed comb, a pair of dog scissors (you can buy curved and round-ended versions so that accidents do not happen) and a pair of nail clippers.

Skye owner and dog groomer Julie explains how she keeps her male Skyes in full show coat:

Grooming the Skye

Stages of Grooming

“I have two cream Skye terriers in full show coat, and my trade is a dog groomer, so it comes easy for me to maintain them.

I bath them every week in an oatmeal shampoo and conditioner. I dry with a dryer and use a pin brush so not to split the jacket, then use a long pin comb to finish off, lifting the coat in sections so that any tangles can be dealt with.

Only trimming is underneath and around the feet and a light tidy around the bum area just for the hygiene purpose, this is done with curved scissors so no accidents happen by digging in.

If you want to keep a full coat then pinning the hair back helps to keep the hair out of the eyes, if you’re not showing then trimming the hair around the face will make things easier.

If your Skye terrier is just a pet then finding a good groomer to trim your dogs coat down will make less work, owning a Skye terrier doesn’t mean you have to keep a full coat.

Nails need trimming regularly either with nail clippers or dremmel, this needs to be introduced at a very early age as most dogs can take a dislike to this procedure.

Teeth is a very important job and needs doing every week and this also needs to be introduced early, just buy a medium tooth brush and play around the puppies mouth with the brush then progress to the teeth gently as teething can be painful, tropiclean gel is a good product this can be used on its own or placed on the tooth brush.

My dogs enjoy their walks over the moors and they do get muddy and wet, but a good coat will take all of this if looked after.”

Pin the fringe up when not showing

You can pin the fringe up when not showing

While a weekly grooming session can easily control the Skye coat and prevent tangles, for the pet Skye you may prefer to have the coat trimmed shorter. Pet Skye owner Sarah explains how her dogs are trimmed:

“I have two Skyes, a cream dog and a silver bitch, who go to the groomers twice a year – once at the beginning of Spring and once part way through Summer. Because they have different coat textures they have slightly different clips.

My cream dog has a very fine, woolly undercoat so the groomer takes him quite short. The ear fringes and beard are trimmed, and feathering is left on his tail but the veil on his head and his face fur are trimmed right back. My silver bitch has a similar cut but she keeps more of the veil on her head and face and she has short ‘boots’ left over her feet.

Between clips I brush them once a week to ensure the coat stays tangle free, and I trim their nails when required. I usually only have to trim their dew claws as the other ones tend to wear down when they’re out and about. I also trim the fur between their pads on their feet.”

Pet trims can save time and look adorable

Pet trims can save time – but don’t forget to brush the fringes and feathers to prevent tangles!

Just because Skyes are long coated, don’t think that they aren’t terriers by nature. They love nothing more than being out and about and getting…filthy. And because the coat is very robust it can cope with the elements and with bathing to clean them. Here are Florence and Oscar enjoying their walks on the beach and in the countryside. If you come along to one of the Skye Terrier Club shows you might even see Oscar and his coat in the show ring.


The Skye Terrier Club

Skye Terrier Breed Specific Seminar

The Skye Terrier Club would like to invite you to a Breed Specific Seminar. Current and aspiring judges can discover more details about the Kennel Club breed standard, and the correct conformation and movement of the Skye Terrier breed. Additionally, the afternoon session of the seminar will provide the opportunity to undertake a breed specific hands-on assessment and delegates will get the chance to go over a number of dogs.

Places for the assessment are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The Seminar will be held on:


10.00 – 4.00pm


£20.00 including light lunch

Morning Session
Mrs Moira Barrass (Gallondean)

Afternoon Session
Breed SPECIFIC HANDS ON Assessment
(limited places available -  please book early)

If would like to attend, please click here to download the seminar booking form, complete all parts of the form and return to the address listed.

Payment can be made by cheque, made payable to The Skye Terrier Club, or by Paypal using the below form. Please include your name in your Paypal transaction and indicate clearly on the booking form that you have paid via Paypal.

Name of Delegate(s)

Foundry Ready Clay Cast of Skye Terrier's Homecoming

Skye Terrier’s Homecoming Project

Quarter Size Maquette

Quarter Size Maquette

Skye Terrier Club members and enthusiasts of the breed from around the world have been working tirelessly throughout 2013 and 2014, raising money to fund a project called Skye Terrier’s Homecoming. A sponsored walk across the Isle of Skye was organised and completed by a number of Skye Terrier owners in May 2013, quizzes and competitions have been successfully run and there are currently a number of exciting activities still in the pipeline for 2014!

Foundry Ready Clay Cast of Skye Terrier's Homecoming

Foundry Ready Clay Cast of Skye Terrier’s Homecoming

The project will culminate in the production of an original, life size sculpture of two Skye Terriers, one prick and one drop ear, by talented sculptor Georgie Welch. As part of the production process, Georgie has produced quarter size maquettes that will be used to cast a limited number of sculptures available for pre-order through The Skye Terrier Club – proceeds will go towards the cost of the completed statue. To enquire about cost and availability please contact The Skye Terrier Club by email.

The completed statue will be situated within the historic grounds of Armadale Castle at Sleat on the Isle of Skye. The statue will be sculpted to show the charm of Skye Terriers and will installed in such a way that everyone, but in particular children, will be able to interact with, and enjoy the two dogs.

A small information area will also be created within the Clan Donald Museum of The Isles, which will inform visitors about the breed and its history. The centre piece of this display will be the 140 year old plaster model of Greyfriars Bobby that was the maquette for the famous statue in Edinburgh which commemorates John Gray’s faithful Skye terrier, Bobby.

Bobby was donated to the Club by an anonymous benefactor and he has been restored to his full glory by artist Georgie Welch. We are sure you will want to join us in thanking these two people for preserving Bobby for all to see and enjoy when they visit the glorious Isle of Skye. Visitors will be in no doubt that Greyfriars Bobby was indeed a Skye Terrier, and the most famous one of them all!

It is with great excitement that we can now announce the official date for the unveiling of this beautiful tribute to one of Scotland’s oldest terrier breeds.

The Homecoming will be officially unveiled on July 24th 2014 in the ground of Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye. Skye terriers (and their humans) are cordially invited to attend this historic event in celebration of their heritage.

Stay tuned to The Skye Terrier Club for further details about the unveiling – coming soon!


Site Update 17/12/2013

The Skye Terrier Club Website should now be fully operational on PC, Mac and Mobile devices. If you find any links that don’t work please email the site administrator by clicking here and state the link that doesn’t work and what type of device you were using to access the site at the time. All reported problems should be fixed within 24-hours.

If you have photos or stories you would like to share on the Club website you can email them to the site administrator by clicking here. Please attach any images to the email in .jpg, .jpeg or .gif format and do not resize the images. Please also include any captions you would like to be published along with the images.

If you wish to contact the Skye Terrier Club you can do so via the Contact Us page.

There is a list of downloadable files (including membership application forms) available on the  File Downloads page.

Details of the 2014 Skye Terrier Club shows are available here and downloadable schedules and entry forms will be added in due course.

Finally, this website will be kept up to date and new information, articles, members stories and show results will be added as soon as they become available. Keep checking the site for these updates and keep your contributions to the site coming in!

Merry Christmas, everyone, and a Happy New Year!!

Greyfriar's Bobby, Edinburgh

The Drop Ear Skye Terrier

Dog shows began in about 1860 and from then on it is possible to trace all the winners up to the present day through the official Stud Books. The earliest show dogs came from Scotland, some of them actually from Skye. Drop ears were in the majority until the turn of the century, when exhibitors favoured the prick eared variety. This is still the case today. Despite this preference the drop ear appears occasionally, though on the continent of Europe this seldom occurs because of the strict regulation which came into effect in 1934 forbidding the interbreeding of prick ears to drop ear dogs.

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