It owns its name to the Scottish island of Sky. Its robust body and its inclemency proved coat make it a versatile working dog that fears nothing as it promptly showed the hunters and forest rangers. The high aristocracy liked this breed a lot and the queen Victoria bred her own race of it.
This intrepid little dog keeps its hunting instinct intact. Courageous but quiet, it is a good guardian dog. Even when it is distrustful with strangers, it usually has an even character. It never forgets a friend, neither an enemy, and it usually is the dog of only one master.
Long, hard and curly exterior hair. Brown eyes, very close from each other. It can have straight or hanging ears. If they are hanging, they should be bigger and be flattened against the skull. The tail is decorated with fringes, with the lower half-curved if it is hanging. If it is kept high, it has to be a natural prolongation of the bodyline. Bigger hands than feet. Straight back. Abdominal cavity apparently straight due to the long and straight tufts that cover them.
- LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13 years.
- PHYSICAL EXERCISE: Moderate.
- MAINTENANCE: Easy.
- LEVEL OF NOISE: Very Noisy.
- HEALTH PROBLEMS: Spinal column problems.
- HEIGHT: 25 – 26 cm. dog show clothes
BREED RECOGNIZED BY THE CANINE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION (CIF)