The Skye Terrier is a breed of dog that is a long, low terrier that is both hardy and dignified. The breed is from the Isle of Skye and goes back approximately 400 years. The Skye is double coated, with a short, soft undercoat and a hard, straight topcoat, which must be flat against the body and free of curl. The ideal coat length is 5 1/2 inches (14 cm), with no extra credit for a longer coat. The shorter hair of the head veils the forehead and eyes, forming a moderate beard. The ears should be well feathered and, in prick-eared examples, the hair should fall like a fringe, accenting the form, and blending with the side locks.
The most famous Skye Terrier is Greyfriars Bobby. Greyfriars Bobby's owner, John Gray, worked for the Edinburgh Police Force as a night watchman until he died of tuberculosis on 15th February 1858. He was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Bobby is said to have spent the rest of his life sitting on his master's grave. A more truthful account has it that he spent a great deal of time at Gray's grave, but that he left regularly for meals at a restaurant beside the graveyard, and may have spent colder winters in nearby houses. In 1867, when it was pointed out that an unowned dog should be put down, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Sir William Chambers, paid for a renewal of Bobby's licence, making him the responsibility of the city council. Bobby passed away in 1872 and could not be buried within the cemetery itself, since it was consecrated ground, instead he was buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from John Gray's grave. His headstone states, "Greyfriars Bobby, died 14th January 1872, aged 16 years. Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all".
Skye Terrier (Comprehensive Owners Guide) Elegant and dignified, the Skye Terrier, named for the rugged Isle of Skye, stands tall among Scotland's 'below the knee' terriers, in character and courage! Few pure-bred dogs match the Skye Terrier for independence and liberal thinking, as this intelligent terrier has a mind of its own and a heart to share with its like-minded, well-informed keeper, who is not adverse to a little humility in the training department. Although not a choice for the first-time owner, the Skye Terrier proves to be a loyal and loving companion to his 'one owner'. Likened to a caterpillar, the Skye has a look all its own, 'long, low and profusely coated', as the breed standard describes, and will most assuredly act like a Skye, delighting and challenging his ever-devoted master.
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