Skye Terriers as puppies are born black and occasionally grizzly grey about the face. Until the puppy is some nine or ten weeks old the hair is smooth, after which it gradually lengthens and sticks straight out, finally forming the jacket described at some length by the Skye Terrier Club of Scotland. In choosing a young puppy the novice should select one that promises to have a long body, a wide and flat skull, dark eyes, and straight, well-boned fore legs.

In the matter of specialist clubs the Skye Terrier is well represented by the Skye Terrier and Clydesdale Terrier Club (with which Sir Claud Alexander is identified), and the Skye Terrier Club of Scotland. The description of the breed that follows was drawn up by the latter body, and is upon lines that at once appeal to the practical breeder: -

Head

Long, with powerful jaws and incisive teeth closing level, or upper just fitting over under. Skull wide at front of brow, narrowing between ears, and tapering gradually towards muzzle, with little falling in between or behind the eyes. Eyes hazel, medium size, close set. Muzzle always black.

Ears (Prick Or Pendent)

When prick, not large, erect at outer edges, and slanting towards each other at inner, from peak to skull. When pendent, larger, hanging straight, lying flat, and close at front.

Body

Pre-eminently long and low. Shoulders broad, chest deep, ribs well sprung and oval shaped, giving flattish appearance to sides. Hindquarters and flank full and well developed. Back level and slightly declining from top of hip joint to shoulders. Neck long and gently crested.

Tail

When hanging, upper half perpendicular, under half thrown backwards in a curve. When raised, a prolongation of the incline of the back, and not rising higher nor curling up.

Legs

Short, straight, and muscular. No dew claws. Feet large and pointing forward.

Coat (Double)

An under, short, close, soft, and woolly. An over, long, - averaging 5½ in. - hard, straight, flat, and free from crisp or curl. Hair on head shorter, softer, and veiling forehead and eyes; on ears, overhanging inside, falling down and mingling with side locks, not heavily, but surrounding the ear like a fringe, and allowing its shape to appear. Tail also gracefully feathered.

Colour (Any Variety)

Dark or light blue or grey, or fawn with black points. Shade of head and legs approximating that of body.

Standard. 1. - Average Measure

Dog

Height, at shoulder, 9 in.

Length, back of skull to root of tail, 22½ in. ,, muzzle to back of skull, 8½in. ,, root of tail to tip joint, 9 in. Total length, 40 in.

Bitch. Half an inch lower, and 2½ in. shorter than clog, all parts proportional; thus, body 21 in., head 8in., and tail 8½ in. ; total, 37½ in.

2. - Average Weight

Dog, 181b. ; bitch, 161b. No dog should be over 20lb. nor under 161b. ; and no bitch should be over 18 lb. nor under 141b.g

3. - Points, with Value

i.

Size.

Height, with

Length and

Proportions,

10 inches high . .. .

5

15

9 " "

10

8½ ,, ,, .

15

Scale for bitches ½ in. lower throughout.

2.

Head.

Skull and Eyes ...

. 10

15

Jaws and Teeth...

5

3

Ears.

Carriage, with Shape, Size, and Feather . 10

4

Body.

Back and Neck ...

. 10

15

Chest and Ribs .

5.

5

Tail.

Carriage and Feather .. 10

6.

Legs.

Straightness and Shortness

5

10

Strength ...

5

7

Coat.

Hardness ....

10

20

Lankness . . . . . ..

5

Length ....

5.

8.

Colour and Condition .... 5

Total

100

4. - Judicial Awards

1.

Over extreme weight to be handicapped 5 per lb. of excess.

2.

Over- or under-shot mouth to disqualify.

3.

Doctored ears or tail to disqualify.

4.

No extra value for greater length of coat than 5½ in.

5

'Not to be commended under a total of 60.

Not to be highly commended under a total of 65.

Not to be very highly commended under a total of 70.

No specials to be given under a total of 75.