Breeder Assistance Scheme

A principle aim of the Skye Terrier Club is to preserve the future of the breed both within the UK and the wider world. Part of this effort includes monitoring and safeguarding the genetic variability of the breeding stock available within the UK. The Skye Terrier Club believes it is important to encourage its members to consider the importation of breeding stock or semen to enhance the gene pool currently available in this country.

The Breeder Assistance Scheme (BAS) has been developed with the aim of widening the gene pool of Skye Terriers in the UK. The Scheme will run for a trial period of three years beginning in May 2016. The Scheme offers financial assistance in the form of grants of £800 to Skye Terrier Club members to help cover the additional expenses associated with:

Importing a puppy or adult dog that is to be used in a planned breeding program within the UK
Importing semen to be used for a planned Artificial Insemination mating within the UK
Transporting a bitch resident in the UK to mainland Europe for the purposes of mating

Please note that the BAS will not arrange either the import of pups / semen, or transport for a bitch on behalf of members – the BAS only awards grants to contribute towards the costs.

The health and welfare of dogs transported or puppies born as a result of a grant issued under the BAS remains the responsibility of the owner(s) and breeder(s) involved in the transaction.

All applications should include:

  1. A completed application form;
  2. A 5 generation pedigree certificate for the puppy or dog to be imported/dog providing the semen sample and the potential dam;
  3. An outline of the proposed breeding program (puppy/dog imports) or details of the proposed mating (semen imports)
  4. Written quotations for the costs involved in the proposed import

Application forms may be downloaded from this page (see below) or obtained by contacting Sarah Downes on or 0115 7798395.

The stated aim of the BAS is to widen the gene pool and preserve the breeding population within the UK. It is important that applicants provide as much information as possible. This includes any health test results or scans carried out upon the sire and dam (puppy imports) or stud dog in question. If and when DNA tests for liver disease and renal dysplasia become available we would anticipate that results (for the parents of a puppy and for a stud dog) be recorded with the Kennel Club as part of the application.

Applications shall be considered by a panel of three people consisting of Maud Hawkes, Allan Stephenson and Sarah Downes. Each application shall be reviewed and assessed on its own merits. The criteria used to assess the applications are as follows:

  1. Potential contribution to the current gene pool
  2. General robustness of puppy/breeding line to be imported

The potential contribution a dog can make to the current gene pool is a complex matter and will be assessed by studying the pedigrees and health information of the puppy or dog to be imported, along with those of any proposed or potential mates. Factors that will be taken into consideration may include: the number of common ancestors shared by dog and bitch in a proposed mating; how well-represented a dogs potential genes are in the UK already (i.e. how many direct relatives or ancestors are already included in breeding lines in the UK); and, any health conditions that have been confirmed to be present by veterinary evaluation.

The Breeder Assistance Scheme welcomes applications from Skye Terrier Club members all year round. You do not have to be an experienced breeder to apply to the scheme, but you need to have a member of the Club for two years before you can apply to the scheme. Completed applications should be submitted to Sarah Downes at, or posted to 72 Circuit Drive, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, NG10 2GH. Members should send a separate application for each proposed import or mating.

There is no limit to the number of applications a single member can make and each application shall be judged without prejudice.

Please note that the Breeder Assistance Scheme does not offer advice on specific pairings, nor does it pass judgement on individual breeding programs.

Breeder Assistance Scheme Application Forms and Supporting documents:

If you would prefer to receive paper copies of these forms, or you would like advice on how to complete them please contact Sarah Downes on 0115 7798395 or email