16-22 lbs
Skye Terrier

The Skye-Pap is a cross between the Skye Terrier and the Papillon. These small dogs pack a lot of personality in a small space. Most stand just 8 to 11 inches tall and weigh 16 to 22 pounds and have long, straight coats that require moderate maintenance. Both the Skye Terrier and Papillon are beloved companion animals, and the hybrid Skye Terrier has many of the characteristics of the parent breeds. These moderately energetic dogs do well in most environments and have minimal exercise needs. When properly socialized, they are excellent family pets. Due to their Terrier instincts, though, they may be prone to wandering. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Skye Terrier, Papillion

Skye-Pap Health

Average Size
Male Skye-Pap size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 21-28 lbs
Female Skye-Pap size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 16-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Occipital Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Lens Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Follicular Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Collapsed Trachea
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Skye-Pap Breed History

Like most hybrid breeds, the Skye-Pap has a history that is mostly undocumented. The breeds that make up this designer dog, however, have long, well-documented histories. The Skye Terrier originated in the 1600s. It was developed on the Isle of Skye in Scotland to hunt foxes, otters and badgers in their dens. They were bred to be fearless and compact with powerful legs for digging and pursuing prey. During the 16th century, the breed became popular among English royalty. Queen Victoria acquired a Skye Terrier in 1842 and began breeding this much-loved pet in her royal kennels. The breed became popular among royals and common people alike, and one famous Skye Terrier named Greyfriars Bobby refused to leave his deceased owner’s final resting place until he passed 14 years later. Skye Terriers were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887, and today, the breed is considered endangered. The breed’s popularity has decreased significantly, and it is quite rare in the United States. The lovable Papillon originated in France in the 1500s. A descendant of toy Spaniels, it was bred to be a lap dog. Papillons are also commonly bred and kept for show purposes. Though small in size, they are less fragile than they appear and have a lot of personality. During the French Revolution, Marie Antionette is said to have carried a Papillon under her arm on the way to the guillotine. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club, and there are several groups and clubs dedicated to these spirited dogs

Skye-Pap Breed Appearance

Like many mixed breeds, the Skye-Pap can vary greatly in appearance. These small, compact dogs are often more sturdy than they appear. They have long, silky coats that may come in several colors, including black, gray, cream, fawn, blue, silver, sable, white, red and brown. Many have dark points on the muzzle, ears and tips of the tail. The ears are most often large and erect and usually heavily feathered. The eyes are dark and lively, and the muzzle is short to medium in length. Skye-Pap’s have black noses and long, straight tails with significant feathering. The paws have thick pads and strong nails. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Skye-Pap eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Skye-Pap nose
brown Skye-Pap nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Skye-Pap coat
gray Skye-Pap coat
cream Skye-Pap coat
fawn Skye-Pap coat
blue Skye-Pap coat
silver Skye-Pap coat
white Skye-Pap coat
red Skye-Pap coat
brown Skye-Pap coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Skye-Pap straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Skye-Pap Breed Maintenance

The Skye-Pap’s long coat requires moderate maintenance. These dogs tend to shed seasonally, and they need to be brushed daily to prevent mats and tangles. When kept as an indoor companion, they do not need to be bathed frequently. Use gentle shampoo, and be sure to rinse thoroughly. When brushing or bathing, the skin should be inspected for sores or irritation. Like all dogs, they need to have their nails trimmed regularly. They also need to have their ears cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. They should also have their teeth brushed a few times each week to prevent dental problems. 

Brushes for Skye-Pap
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Skye-Pap requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Skye-Pap Temperament

Both the Papillon and Skye Terrier are well-known for being loving, affectionate and loyal to their owners. The Skye-Pap has all the best personality traits of the parent breeds and makes an exceptional companion. Due to their small size, they should be socialized early to prevent “Small Dog Syndrome.” When properly socialized, they get along well with children, dogs and other pets. They are sometimes nervous about strangers and prone to barking. This is especially true when they are left alone. The Skye-Pap is intelligent and relatively easy to train. Like many small breeds, however, they often struggle with housetraining. 

Skye-Pap Activity Requirements

Both the Skye Terrier and Papillon are moderately active breeds. Due to their small size, though, they tire out quickly and do not need as much exercise as larger breeds. A few daily walks or runs, a trip to the dog park or a game of fetch will be enough to keep your Skye-Pap happy and healthy. They also enjoy spending time exploring outdoors, but the Terrier hunting instincts may make them prone to wandering. Skye-Paps are also highly intelligent, and they require mental stimulation. A puzzle toy is a good way to give your canine companion’s brain a workout. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
50 minutes
activity minutes

Skye-Pap Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.50 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Skye-Pap Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Skye-Pap size stats at six months
Height: 5.0 inches Weight: 15.0 lbs
Female Skye-Pap size stats at six months
Height: 4.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Skye-Pap size stats at 12 months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 19.5 lbs
Female Skye-Pap size stats at 12 months
Height: 6.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Skye-Pap size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 19.5 lbs
Female Skye-Pap size stats at 18 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 18.0 lbs

Skye-Pap Owner Experiences

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