The Skye Terrier is an elegant and dignified dog breed that is small yet hardy. Weighing 18 to 23 pounds and standing 23 to 25 centimetres, it is low on the ground and is twice as long as it is tall. Underneath its charming flowing coat is a powerful long head with a slight stop, a strong muzzle, a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite, a black nose, and dark brown medium eyes with a curious and intelligent expression. Its ears can either be pricked or dropped. It also has a long, slightly crested neck, broad shoulders, a deep chest, and a level back.
What makes the Skye Terrier more beautiful is its double coat comprising of a moderately long, straight, flat, and harsh outer coat, and a short, soft, woolly and close-lying undercoat. The hair on its head is shorter and softer with bangs veiling the forehead and eyes. It sports a fringe on the side as well as a beard and longer hair on its chest fondly referred as an apron. The accepted colours are solid black, along with grey, fawn and cream with black points.
When it comes to dog grooming, the Skye Terrier is high maintenance since its elegant coat requires daily brushing with a long-tooth comb or pin brush to avoid knots and tangles. It needs to be bathed every two to three weeks to keep the coat clean. Its muzzle has to be cleaned every after meal because food usually gets stuck in the hair and its teeth must be brushed daily, if possible, to maintain good oral health. Also trim its nails every two weeks or when you hear clicking sounds on the floor. Lastly, clean its ears as too much wax build-up can cause serious infections.