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Sirius of the Week for Apr. 30 - May 6, 2000.

This week we have the second photo in our series of Terriers. Meet Champion Gleanntan Getgoing, a 2 year old male Skye Terrier (with prick ears). He has been showing for a year and he won Best of Winners at the Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland's recent show.

Pongo (as he is normally called) lives sometimes with his owner and sometimes with his handler. When he is inside, he's a couch potato. Outside, he loves to chase things.

Skye Terriers are normally rather laid back, but are energetic in the ring. They are also very loyal to their people and never forget a friend.

They were originally bred to hunt and kill vermin, especially fox and badger. They are agile and strong, very sturdy and muscular. Skye Terriers are about twice as long as they are tall (they stand between 9 and 10 inches high at the shoulders and approximately 20 inches from the chest bone to the base of the tail). Their coats have two layers -- a, short, soft undercoat, and an outer coat of hard, straight hair, about 5 1/2 inches long. The coat can be black, blue, dark or light grey, silver platinum, fawn or cream. One reason their hair hangs down over their eyes was to protect their eyes when they were used to hunt vermin.

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