THE SKYE TERRIER 263
to protect the interests of this breed, namely, the Skye Terrier Club of England, the Skye and Clydesdale Club, and the Skye Terrier Club of Scotland. The Scottish Club's description is as follows :
Head-Long, with powerful jaws and incisive teeth closing level, or upper just fitting over under. Skull : wide at front of brow, narrowing between the ears, and tapering gradually towards the muzzle, with little falling in between or behind the eyes. Eyes : hazel, medium size, close set. Muzzle : always black. Ears (Prick or Pendant)When prick, not large, erect at outer edges, and slanting towards each other at inner, from peak to skull. When pendant, larger, hanging straight, lying flat, and close at front. Body-Pre-eminently long and low. Shoulders broad, chest deep, ribs well sprung and oval shaped, giving a flattish appearance to the sides. Hind-quarters and flank full and well developed. Back level and slightly declining from the top of the hip joint to the shoulders. The neck long and gently crested. Tail-When hanging, the upper half perpendicular, the under half thrown backward in a curve. When raised, a prolongation of the incline of the back, and not rising higher nor curling up. Legs-Short, straight, and muscular. No dew claws, the feet large and pointing forward. Coat (Double)-An under, short, close, soft, and woolly. An over, long, averaging 51 inches, hard, straight, flat, and free from crimp or curl. Hair on head, shorter, softer, and veiling the forehead and eyes ; on the ears, overhanging inside, falling down and mingling with the side locks, not heavily, but surrounding the ear like a fringe, and allowing its shape to appear. Tail also gracefully feathered. Colour (any variety)-Dark or light blue or grey, or fawn with black points. Shade of head and legs approximating that of body.
1. AVERAGE MEASUREMENTS : Dog-Height at shoulder, 9
inches. Length, back of skull to root of tail, 221 inches ; muzzle to back of skull, 8} inches ; root of tail to tip joint, 9 inches. Total length, 40 inches. Bitch-Half an inch lower, and 2} inches shorter than dog, all points proportional ; thus, body, 21 inches ; head, 8 inches ; and tail, 8I inches. Total, 37} inches.
2. AVERAGE WEIGHT : Dog-18 lb. ; bitch, 16 lb. No dog should be over 20 lb., nor under 16 lb. ; and no bitch should be over 18 lb., nor under 14 lb.
Whereas the Scottish Club limits the approved length of coat to 5J inches, the English Club gives a maximum of 9 inches. This is a fairly good allowance, but many of the breed carry a much longer coat than this. It is not uncommon, indeed, to find a Skye with a covering of 12 inches in length, which, even allowing for the round of the body, causes the hair to reach and often to trail upon the ground.