Showsight Presents the Skye Terrier

tip of tail). Second, Skye Terrier coat colors typically include variations of the same color family. These varia- tions are most noticeable in the dark- est and lightest of the allowable coat colors (black, platinum, light silver and cream coats) but as long as the dog is one overall color at the skin, they are completely acceptable. 4. Skyes should be gaited at the trot with the legs moving in parallel planes. Viewed coming forward, the forelegs should have good reach and form a continuous straight line. Viewed moving away, the hindquarters trav- el straight forward and this should be evident by watching the rear feet pads. Viewed from the side, the dog should maintain a level topline. Reach and drive should be well bal- anced with the gait easy, f luid, light, effortless and almost f loating. 5. In judging the Skye, any dog lacking these notable requirements, listed as follows, should be seriously penal- ized: t Correct front and/or rear construction and good condition t Level topline, particularly while dog is on the move t Correct balance between strength of bone and elegance without exaggera- tion of either element t Correct balance (at least 2 to 1) in proportion t Double-coated with a hard, lank topcoat A Summary The “Essence of the Skye Terrier” is that the ideal dog must be both sound and a possessor of correct breed type. Essentials require that movement must be f luid and effortless and that the Skye carry a strong, level topline. Anything less is typically an indicator of poor front/rear construction and/or poor condition. Skyes must also possess both good substance and elegance, be well balanced in their height to length ratio and carry a double coat including a hard, lank topcoat.

what to expect as the dog moves towards you or away from you or as you view it in prof ile. To me, a proper moving Skye is not only sound, but typey. In other words, a correct Skye is a sound Skye. Skyes should drive from behind. If the front seems unable to keep up, it means that the front assembly is not completely cor- rect. Often the questionable movement of the topline is the give-away of labored action. Equally unpleasant is a lack of drive from the quarters. This is every bit as unsound and not typey.” Breed Standards Key elements in our new Skye Ter- rier Breed Standard Amplif ication also speak directly to the major elements of breed type, balance, proportion and soundness and are as follows: 1. The 10" height standard for Skyes has been retained in the Breed Stan- dard since it was f irst approved by the AKC in 1938. Although Skyes, like many other breeds, have become larger over time, this height stan- dard remains in place because it is a major element of breed type. As regards proportion, overall balance is paramount. Size and length of head, neck, back and tail must be in pro- portion to overall body height and length to complete the ideal picture. Dogs must be at least twice as long as they are high to achieve ideal propor- tion. Anything less than the required 2 to 1 length to height ratio must be faulted. Substance is another critical element of breed type. Skyes must be solid in every respect yet not coarse, strong of bone and yet elegant. Any virtue exaggerated becomes a fault. Bitches should be a feminine version of the breed standard.

2. The Skye’s front assembly bears approximately two-thirds of the dog’s weight and as such, correct struc- ture is critical both in terms of over- all movement and soundness and as a working terrier. The chest is deep and the sternum is prominent. Legs are strong boned, short and muscu- lar and should be placed well under the dog to best support the breed’s deep chest and strong head. Shoul- der blades, while tightly placed at the withers, should not touch. The upper arm should be equal in length to the well laid back shoulder blade and to the lower leg. The ideal angle of upper arm to shoulder blade is approximately 90 degrees. In the ideal front assembly, a plumb line dropped to the ground from the point where the shoulder blade meets the with- ers would touch the point where the elbow meets the lower leg and then parallel the lower leg to the ground. A short upper arm is a fault. When a dog is set up with elbows set prop- erly, two or three f ingers (depending on hand size) should f it comfortably between the front legs at the wrist. 3. While the breed standard discusses color in some detail, two key ele- ments need to be kept in mind. First, coat color in a Skye is among the least important breed considerations other than that all Skyes should have dark- er colored points (ears, muzzle and “Essentials require... A STRONG , LEVEL TOPLINE.”

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