History of the Cairn Terrier
The Cairn is believed to be about the oldest purebred British terrier. The breed originated over 200 years ago in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye. The Scottish crofter used this courageous little dog, filled with tenacity, to keep the vermin away from his home and farm. The cairn was used to hunt all types of small vermin, including otters, badgers and foxes, as well as rats. At an early stage in its history it was accepted into the household as a companion and watchdog, the roles for which it is principally raised today.
Presently, the Cairn Terrier in America is a sensible, confident little dog, independent but friendly with everyone he meets. He may be found in an apartment, suburban home, or on a farm. Alert, intelligent and long-lived, the Cairn tends to remain active and playful well into his teen years, endearing him to children. True to his heritage, the breed still has very large teeth, large feet with thick pads and sturdy nails for digging, strong muscular shoulders and rears, a harsh weather-resistant coat, and a fearless tenacity that will lead him into trouble if his owners are irresponsible.
The Cairn Terrier Club of Denver is dedicated to promoting the welfare of the Cairn Terrier through preservation of the ancient characteristics that make the breed so adaptable and such a worthy companion for almost any style of living.
Written for the Cairn Terrier Club of Denver by Joyce Moore.