Skye Terrier History

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SKYE TERRIER ORIGIN AND HISTORY The Skye terrier takes its name from the Island of Skye off the northwest coast of Scotland. The breed is an old one, and proponents who claim it is as old as any other Terrier has some basis for their claims. There is evidence that the Skye terrier has been known for at least 300 years. The Skye was included in the first volume of the English Kennel Club Stud Book. Shortly after 1840 the breed became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. She owned many outstanding specimens and kept both varieties-the prick-eared and the drop-eared-as constant companions. A Skye terrier, “Greyfriars Bobby serves as the prime example of canine loyalty. Bobby guarded the grave of his owner, Constable John Grey for fourteen…show more content…
4, 5, 11, 12 Pain in the occipital-cervical region is seen in some dogs while others remain asymptomatic. Affected dogs tend to paw at their face or scratch their ears. There may be protrusion and loss of sensation of the tongue. Dorsal spinal cord involvement in young dogs may result in forelimb ataxia. Sudden temperament changes have been noted in affected dogs and the condition predisposed some breeds for hydrocephalus. OPHTHALMIC Distichiasis, abnormal positioned eyelashes along the lid margin, has been reported in Sky terriers.11 Distichiasis can occur at any time during the dog’s life and has an undetermined mode of inheritance. Breeding affected dogs is optional. The Skye terrier, like other small terriers, is at increased risk for primary lens luxation. 10, 11, 12 A defect in the attachment of the ligaments holding the lens leads to complete or partial dislocation. Uveitis and secondary glaucoma 11, 12 are common sequelae. Glaucoma is the increase in intraocular pressure caused by the inability of the intraocular fluid to leave vis the iridocorneal angle. This is due to the blockage of the iridocorneal angle by the dislocated lens. The OFA offers a DNA test for primary lens luxation. 14 Please refer to the list of ophthalmology photos located after…show more content…
SKYE TERRIER CLUB OF AMERICA References 1. Adler, Von R. and Troup, S. “Psychischse Faktorenbeienem Coitis-Ulcerosaahnlichen Krankheitsbild Eines Kerry-Blue-Und Eines Skye Terriers.” Ver: Dialog Search Files, Bio. Reviews: 72-76 2. Sounders: Catalog of Genetic Disorders. In Current Therapy VI. Kirk, R.W., Ed. 1977; p 86 3. Koch, W. “Neue Pathogene Erbfaktoren bei Hunden 2.” InduktAstann u-Vererb-L 70:503-506; 1935 4. Foley, C.W., Lasley, J.F., Osweiller, G.D. et al Abnormalities of Companion Animals. Iowa State University Press, Ames, IA., 1979: 37 5. Bardens, J.W. “Congenital Malformation of the Foramen Magnum in Dogs.” Southwest Vet. 18: 295-298; 1965 6. Ackerman, Lowell, DVM. “Allergic Skin Diseases,” American Kennel Club Gazette; September, 1990 7. Kuczynski, L.A., AKC Gazette, Dec. 1993; pp115-116. 8. Veterinary News, The American Kennel Club Gazette; May 1991 9. The Skye Terrier column. The American Kennel Club Gazette; Sept. 1992 10. Ackerman, Lowell, the Genetic Connection: A Guide to Health Problems in Purebred Dogs. Lakewood, AAHA Press, 1999 11. Padgett, George A. Control of Canine Genetic Diseases. New York, Howell Book House.

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