If you are a Skye Terrier Club member and wish to advertise your litter on this page please click here to complete our advert booking form.
So, you’ve decided that the Skye is the breed for you but what do you do next? Find a reputable breeder, of course! Click here to read Skye Terrier Club advice on just what ‘a reputable breeder’ is and how to find one.
Members of the Skye Terrier Club will post details of available and planned litters on this page (see above). If you obtain a puppy from a member of the Skye Terrier Club you can be sure that the breeder, the parents and the puppies all conform to the Skye Club Code of Ethics when it comes to the health and welfare of the dogs involved. In particular, club members will have ensured that both Sire (dad) and Dam (mum) have been microchipped and have had an ultrasound scan of both kidneys. These details will have been passed to the Health Committee. Additionally, the breeder will also have made sure that the Sire, Dam and puppies have been DNA swabbed and that this information has also been passed to the Health Committee.
There are a few things to think about before you make that phone call to the breeder, though…
- Don’t be deceived by that cute little puppy of six weeks of age. The Skye is a BIG dog on short legs and they soon grow up!
- He is very strong willed and has to be taught at a very early age the “rules”. Decide the house rules before puppy comes home and stick to them like glue, at least for the first few months. If reared correctly, he will be your most loyal, devoted and well behaved companion.
- He is naturally reserved with strangers and prefers his own family and immediate friends, but with the right teaching he will be very well mannered with strangers. It is crucial that Skye puppies are socialised from an early age. Often, this will have been started by the breeder and should continue when you get him home. This means that you have to take your puppy to meet people, other animals, see new sights and experience new sounds. Basically, show him off. It can be great fun for both of you.
- Do not be fooled by little legs, the Skye is a real terrier. His instincts are to chase small moving objects, dogs, cats, smaller animals, tennis balls, but with the right training he can live very happily and sociably with other animals. Introduce him to family animals and children slowly and always supervise these interactions.
- Before very long that short easy to manage puppy coat will have grown and will require frequent brushing. It is best to start ‘brush training’ right from Week 1. Introduce him to the brush and comb slowly, and give lots of praise for not fidgeting or chewing the brushes. You will need to be able to lift his paws to brush underneath his elbows, lift his tail to brush his back end, move and hold his ears to brush the fringes and brush his head and face. If you socialise him with the brush on a weekly basis, touching all these body areas and brushing/combing his coat, he should be comfortable and cooperative by the time his adult coat starts to come through.
- The Skye can be quite lazy and is just as happy running around a garden as he is a park. But all dogs need some form of exercise on a daily basis. When they are very young puppies, shorter, more frequent walks over flatter ground is preferable so as not to stress their growing joints.
- Remember, inspite of his beautiful flowing coat and graceful appearance, a Skye is a real terrier, still capable of doing the job he was bred to do hundreds of years ago (which, as you can read in the About Skyes section, was independently going to ground after large vermin such as otters and badgers!), albeit a little larger than in those early days.
If you decide this is the breed for you but there are no litters on this page, do not despair. The Skye is a numerically small breed, with a lot less puppies born each year than more popular terrier breeds. You may have to wait a little while for a pup to become available, but it is definitely worth it!
If you are looking for a pup but there are no litters listed here, please contact the secretary∂skyeterrierclub.org.uk">Club Secretary who will be happy to put you in touch with reputable, caring breeders.