Visual Trea­sure: Skye ter­rier

Country Life Every Week - - Contents - Pho­to­graph by Sarah Farnsworth KG

The win­some ex­pres­sion and silken, flow­ing coat be­lie the rugged hin­ter­land of the Skye ter­rier—for­merly known as the ter­rier of the Western Isles where they were used to flush out ot­ters. It’s thought to be the old­est Scot­tish breed—one was dis­cov­ered shel­ter­ing within the skirts of the ex­e­cuted Mary, Queen of Scots—favoured by aris­to­crats (Queen Vic­to­ria and Robert Louis Stevenson kept them) and im­mor­talised through the tragic leg­end of the faith­ful Greyfri­ars Bobby, yet it’s the rarest of all ter­rier breeds; only 28 pup­pies were reg­is­tered with the Ken­nel Club in 2016. This stately ex­am­ple is named Thor—he was bred in Nor­way and is owned by long-time Skye ter­rier afi­cionado Sine Threlfall of Ard­vasar. His favourite things in­clude salmon, play­ing rugby with hedge­hogs and wal­low­ing in lochs.

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