A British club devoted to the breed says Cairns are the “best little pal in the world.” They’re small enough to snuggle on the loveseat with Grandma and sturdy enough to romp on the lawn with the kids. And Dad won’t be embarrassed to be seen walking this small dog—Cairns may not be big, but they’re not foofy little lapdogs. They do best with lots of close contact with their family, and should be trained with positive reinforcement and a firm but loving touch.
Did You Know?
The Cairn Terrier originated in the Western Isles of Scotland, where, for centuries, he has been used as a working terrier, and was formerly known as the "Short-haired Skye Terrier."
One of the most popular Cairns was Toto from "The Wizard of Oz" whose real name was Terry, and he was a she.
The Cairn Terrier is alert, intelligent, active and long-lived.
The Cairn Terrier has a working background and they like to dig.
Farms with several Cairns were free of rats, mice, moles, and other burrowing animals.
There is evidence that one of the oldest-known strains of Cairn, or "Short-haired Skye Terriers," as the breed was generally known at the turn of the century, was founded by Captain Martin MacLeod of Drynock, Isle of Skye.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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