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    Skye Terrier is similar to other Terrier dogs in hair length, long and messy, dense and rough. The head is rich in hair, and the snout is completely covered by hair, which is an advantage for the working dog, but compared with the companion dog, the long hair not only affects the vision but also the diet.

    The ideal height is 10 inches for a male dog and 9.5 inches for a female dog. A dog with a shoulder height of 10 inches and a body length of about 20 inches. A little taller or a little lower is acceptable regardless of gender. However, a dog with a shoulder height less than 9 inches for a male or 8.5 inches for a female is a defect. Proportion – ideal body proportion is 97% body length to shoulder height ratio of 2:1. Constitution – a strong body structure, full of strength but not rough. Bone is abundant.

    The eyes are brown, dark brown is more ideal, medium size, close to each other, and full of vitality and intelligent light.

    Ears are neat and symmetrical, with elegant hair. It could be vertical or vertical. If it is a standing ear, it is of medium size, high position, located at the outer edge of the head, with the tip of the ear open, and the tip distance is greater than the root distance. The ears of the drooping ears are slightly larger, with lower ear positions, and hang flat on the top of the head.

    The width of the back of the head is medium, and the muzzle is gradually thin and firm. The stop is slight. The tone is dark with medium fullness. Powerful and absolutely healthy jaw. Nose glasses must be black. Dudley’s nose, fleshy or brown are disqualified. The occlusion is scissor or forceps.

    Double coat. The undercoat is short, compact, soft and fluffy. The outer coat is hard, straight and flat. 5.5 inches long, no longer necessary. The brush on the body is straight and pendulous, hanging on both sides of the body, from the head to the tail. The hair on the head may be shorter, and the muzzle and eyes are covered by a long “veil”, forming eyebrows and bibs. There are long hairs around the ears, which hang straight from the ears and ear tips to form a tassel and set off the shape of the ears. A coat of hair that blends into the neck. The tail has beautiful feathers.

    The coat color must be a single color consistent with the skin color, and may have different shades. It can be black, blue, gray, silver, light brown or cream with different shades. There should be no other speckles or spots except the ears, muzzle and tip of the tail. The darker the spots, the better. Black is better. The color of the head and legs is close to the color of the body.

    It is not necessary to imitate the colors and patterns of standard dogs. Only white stripes with a diameter of no more than 2 inches are allowed in the chest of this breed. The coat color of puppies may be very different from that of adults. Therefore, the color changes greatly during the development of puppies; therefore, puppies under 18 months are allowed to have different colors. In any case, puppies do not have to imitate the colors and patterns of standard dogs, except for cream dogs with black strips around the body, but adult dogs are only allowed to have white stripes no more than 2 inches in diameter on the chest.

    In action, legs straight forward. As viewed from the front, the forelegs remain straight. The distance between feet is the same as that between elbows. The main driving force comes from the hind legs. Don’t lift your forelegs too high when you move them forward. The whole movement can be said to be smooth, lively and relaxed, more or less like a flowing painting.

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