Skye terrier, breed of sturdy, short-legged terrier developed in the northwestern islands of Scotland more than four centuries ago. It takes its name from the principal island in the group. The Skye terrier stands about 10 in. (25 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs about 25 lb (11 kg). Its double coat consists of a short, close-lying, woolly underlayer and a profuse, straight-hanging, flat topcoat about 51/2 in. (14 cm) long. It may be black, blue, gray, fawn, or cream in color. Bred originally to hunt small game both on land and in the water, the Skye later became a favorite at the English court. Today it is raised as a pet. See dog.
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