This breed, originally exhibited as Skye Terriers, are simply the more silky-haired specimens of this variety. Skye Terrier enthusiasts have always regarded them as bad-coated specimens, more fitted for the drawing-room than the cairns, just as Fox Terrier experts would regard a soft-coated Wire Haired as a bad Fox Terrier. The silky-coated dog, however, has his devotees, and along in the eighties a division was made in the Skye Terrier classes, the hard-coated, long and low variety being accorded, by weight of public opinion, the title of Skye Terrier, to which their character, working fitness, and tradition gave them an irresistible claim,, while the leggier and more silky-coated specimens were given the name of Clydesdale or Paisley Terriers. Since then the Clydesdale fanciers have developed the differences in the two dogs and by selection have cultivated the silkiness and lighter colors of the coat, which they have made a sine qua non of the variety. In all other essentials the character and conformation of the two varieties are practically one and the same. The coat of the Clydesdale should be long, straight, and silky; in both texture, color, and quality it should resemble that of the best Yorkshire Terriers, which has been largely used in its manufacture.
The chief points to look for in the selection of Clydesdale Terrier puppies are almost identical with those of Skye Terriers.
The following is the standard description and code of points formulated by the Skye and Clydesdale Terrier Club, which is purely a Scottish combination, from which it will be seen that color and coat absorb one-half of the complement of 100 points:
GENERAL APPEARANCE.-A long, low, level dog with heavily-fringed, erect ears and a long coat like the finest silk or spun glass, which hangs quite straight and evenly down each side, a parting extending from the nose to the root of the tail.
HEAD.-Fairly long, skull flat and very narrow between the ears, gradually widening toward the eyes and tapering very slightly to the nose, which must be black. The jaws strong and the teeth level.
EYES.-Medium in size, dark in color; not prominent, but having a sharp, Terrier-like expression. Eyelids black.
EARS.-Small, set very high on the top of the head, carried perfectly erect, and covered with long, silky hair, hanging in a heavy fringe down the sides of the head.
BODY.-Long, deep in chest, well ribbed up, the back being perfectly level.
TAIL.-Perfectly straight, carried almost level with the back, and heavily feathered.
LEGS.-As short and straight as possible, well set under the body, and entirely covered with silky hair. Feet round and cat-like.
COAT.-As long and straight as possible, free from all trace of curl or waviness; very glossy and silky in texture, with an entire absence of undercoat.
COLOR.-A level bright steel-blue extending from the back of the head to the root of the tail, and on no account intermingled with any fawn, light, or dark hairs. The head, legs, and feet should be a clear, bright golden tan, free from grey, sooty, or dark hairs. The tail should be very dark-blue or black.
SCALE OF POINTS.-Texture of coat, 25; color, 25; head, 10; ears, 10; tail, 10; body, 10; legs and feet, 10. Total, 100.