Cairn Terrier Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Cairn is a real working terrier, small and sturdy with a coat that looks untrimmed – though the showdog has had plenty of work put into it – and is probably the oldest of the Scottish terriers. He comes from the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland and dogs of Cairn Terrier type can be traced back five hundred years or so.
The Cairn Terrier was common around the Highlands and Islands of Scotland where they earned their keep by hunting vermin, digging the earth under rocks with great enthusiasm to reach their prey. This skill at squeezing under remains with the modern-day Cairn who if he decides to go hunting will look for a space to force through the garden fence.
He was originally known as the Short-haired Skye Terrier, but in 1910 was renamed the Cairn Terrier to distinguish him from the Skye Terrier. He was recognised by the Kennel Club in 1912 and by the AKC in 1913.
He is 11 – 12 ” in height and weight is in proportion; he has a harsh, weatherproof outer coat with soft and short undercoat. The colours range from cream through wheaten, red and shades of grey. The Cairn Terrier can be quarrelsome with other dogs, particularly males, but he is a wonderful family dog. He loves to be with people and whilst he can take plenty of exercise he will adapt to his family’s lifestyle, whether in the town or country.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.