One of a number of localized Scottish breeds of terrier that have become known to dog-lovers throughout the world, the Cairn’s history dates back over 500 years. It evolved in the west of the country and also on the Isle of Skye, whence the Skye Terrier also originated. Indeed, when they were first exhibited in 1909, Cairns were described as Short-haired Skye Terriers, but objections from Skye breeders led to the adoption of their current name. Cairn terriers, so-called after the Gaelic word for a pyramid of stones, would often hunt vermin in the vicinity of such stones, and this name now has universal acceptance. The Cairn was introduced in the United States in 1913. These cairn terriers are very even-tempered and affectionate, making them an ideal choice for a home where there are children. They will readily take part in
Origins: West Scotland, Isle of Skye
Coat Type/Colour: Rough, double-layered; wide variety
Height: 12 inch (30.5 cm)
Weight: 14 lb (6.4 kg)
Nature: Affectionate; ideal for children
These terriers are very even-tempered and affectionate, making them an ideal choice for a home where there are children. They will readily take part in ball-games and other family activities. Their shaggy coat provides adequate protection against the elements. If the opportunity presents itself, Cairn Terriers will instinctively hunt vermin – still an advantageous trait, especially in rural areas.
Onne possible drawback of their tendency to go to ground is their desire to dig, and they may have to be taught not to use flowerbeds for this purpose. However, this is a small problem that can usually be overcome without difficulty. You can purchase special chemical deterrents for this purpose from pet shops; these simply need to be applied around the flowerbeds.