The Skye Terrier: Health Issues
Skyes were bred to be determined fearless hunters with short strong legs, thick protective coats and big strong jaws. The days of hunting with Skyes are long gone, but the dogs themselves retain those original characteristics, even if a coat that hasn’t hunted through the undergrowth will be a bit more luxurious.
Health problems are not features of these robust little dogs, but a number of conditions are recognised – musculo-skeletal, hereditary liver and kidney diseases and cancers. Breed clubs in the UK and Finland are looking at some of these and specialist vets in each country now have more access to digital and shareable imaging techniques.