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Skye terrier,

breed of sturdy, short-legged terrierterrier,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs originally bred to start small game and vermin from their burrows or, in the case of several breeds in this group, to go to earth and kill their prey. Today these dogs are raised chiefly as pets.
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 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 5 1-2 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 dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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Skye Terrier

 

an ancient Scottish breed of terrier commonly kept as a pet. For a long time the Skye terrier has been bred for hunting badgers and fox and for rat control. The breed is native to the Isle of Skye, off the northwestern coast of Scotland. The short-legged dogs have a long body, a wedge-shaped head, and a long tail. The height at the shoulders is 20-30 cm. The straight fur almost reaches to the ground, and forms a part along the back. The dogs are various shades of gray. Skye terriers are bred primarily in Scotland. [23–1457–]

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Gail Marshall, secretary of the Scottish branch of the Skye Terriers Club, said: "People just don't know about Skyes.
There are fewer Skye terriers in the world now than tigers in the wild, and that's a great shame.
Club treasurer Cath Parker added: "Once there was a Skye terrier in every close, but they've gone out fashion.
The club also hope to have a statue of a Skye terrier put up at Armadale Castle on the island.
A Skye terrier is said to have hidden under the petticoats of Mary Queen of Scots when she was beheaded in 1587.
Gail Marshall, of the Skye Terrier Club, said: "People are going for cross-designer breeds and Skyes are being forgotten.
Hazel Proud, of the Skye Terriers Club, said: "They used to be working dogs but that's a role that has been lost.
The Kennel Club registered just 37 Skye terrier pups last year, compared with a 46,000 labradors.