Showsight Presents the Skye Terrier

JUDGING THE SKYE TERRIER By Karen L. Sanders O ver the past several years, the Skye Ter- rier Club of America (STCA) Board of Directors has been working toward included comments taken from an article prepared by the pre-eminent Skye Ter- rier Breeder/Judge of more than 50 years experience, Mr. Walter F. Goodman. Th is article, which focuses primarily on breed proportion and balance, is one provided to attendees at Judges Education Seminars because these are key elements that speak to the essence of Skye judging. It is our sin- cere hope that those who read this article will fi nd the material of use. other animals. He stands with head high and long tail hanging and moves with a seemingly e ff ortless gait. He is strong in body, quarter and jaw.”

It is this critical paragraph that describes breed type. According to Mr. Goodman, “Type is breed character. It is the combination of distinguishing fea- tures, which add up and make the indi- viduality of a breed. Skye Terriers are long and low and their breed type can be abused by fanciers. Type should not be a matter of personal preference, but an adherence to desired breed characteristics as stated in the Standard. Th ere are varia- tions in size or bone, but substantially, type should remain constant. Th ose Skyes that adhere closely to the written word are obviously nearer to correct type.” Balance, Style & Soundness Mr. Goodman then goes on to describe balance, style and soundness as follows, “Balance, perhaps, is easier to under- stand, since there are clear dimensions involved. A correct Skye is well pro- portioned – length of head to length of neck, to length of back and tail and height. A Skye with correct proportions can look short-backed. A Skye that may be lower with a shorter neck and head, but the same length of back as the latter dog is unbalanced. Skyes can be too long as well as too short. Usually a properly proportioned dog stands out because of correct balance. Style becomes the next ingredient. It comes from that proper balance combined with showmanship and personality. A dog of lesser quality but with showmanship tends to conceal many of his faults. Soundness is more diff icult to describe. In dog show parlance, sound- ness refers to proper action or move- ment. The standard is quite specif ic as to shoulder placement and front assem- bly as well as the rear quarters. It tells us

the f inal development of an Illustrated Breed Standard. A new, breed ampli- f ication has already been developed and approved and the necessary draw- ings are well underway. It is our strong desire to f inally complete this project in time to introduce it at a Special Judges Education Seminar we plan to host in conjunction with our Diamond Jubilee Show (100th National Specialty and 75th year as an AKC Member Club) over the Montgomery County Kennel Club weekend in October 2013. Given the wonderful opportunity provided us by ShowSight Magazine to highlight our breed in this issue, I have developed this article on judging the Skye Terrier, with the input of the STCA Board, to include some of the key elements of our new, Board-approved Breed Stan- dard Ampli fi cation. Additionally, I have

General Appearance Th e o ffi cial breed standard for the Skye Terrier describes the general appearance of the breed as follows: “The Skye Terrier is a dog of style, elegance and dignity, agile and strong with sturdy bone and hard muscle. Long, low and level – he is twice as long as he is high – he is covered with a profuse coat that falls straight down either side of the body over oval-shaped ribs. Th e hair well feathered on the head veils forehead and eyes to serve as protection from brush and briar as well as amid serious encounters with

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