This rare beauty is one the oldest terrier breeds and originated in the Skye Islands off the coast of Scotland. As with many other breeds, their aesthetic appeal today (long hair and small size for example) came about in response to the necessities of duty. Their long, profuse coat protected them from inclement weather and the prickly hazards they encountered rooting through dense underbrush in pursuit of their quarry. Their long, low, muscular bodies enabled them to enter and chase vermin from their dens. Queen Victoria adored this breed and they were popular in the 19th century. The story of “Greyfriar’s Bobby”, who guarded his master’s grave for fourteen years, has become an iconic example of the breed’s fierce devotion. They are loving and lively companions, happy to linger on the couch or pursue more adventurous recreation.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.