The Skye Terrier's Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: Scotland Original purpose: hunting Name: Derived from the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides where it was first bred. Historical notes: Skye Terrier dogs were bred to hunt predators such as foxes and badgers. They originally possessed drop-ears but Queen Victoria favored the prick-eared ones among those that she bred in the 1840's. This has led to the prevalence of the latter type today.