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Cairn Terrier

Strong, spirited and a natural born digger

Cairn Terrier
origin:Great Britain
date origin:16th century
life expectancy:14 to 16 years
classification:Terrier
height:28 to 31 cm
weight:6 to 7 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Reasonableclimate: Coldin/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Undemandingsize: Small
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History [ edit ]

The Cairn Terrier is a working breed of dog originated in the Scottish isle of Skye. It is one of the oldest terriers, probably one of the ancestor´s of the modern Terrier breeds West Highland White, Scottish and Skye. The height of the Cairn, which differs from that of other terriers, is one of the most important distinctive features of the breed, known as Cairishness. Originally used for hunting vermin among the cairns (the piles of small stones used to mark Scottish farm borders and graves), that gave the name to the breed, Cairn Terriers have shown many other talents, while keeping its terrier abilities, such as watchdogging and tracking. They also excel at obedience and agility competitions and performing tricks. Today, this delightfull little dog is mainly a family dog that does not disdain chasing any less careful rodent.The height of the Cairn, which differs from that of other terriers, is important in giving the breed the distinctive conformation that has been called "Cairishness." He is not so low to ground, in proportion to his size, as the Sealyham and the Scottish Terrier. There is one, and only one, correct size for the Cairn Terrier-14 pounds for dogs, 13 pounds for bitches, and the dogs should be in proper proportion to those weights.

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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Cairn Terrier is small working terrier, very hardy, strong but not heavily built, with a fox-like expression. This peppy, very hardy little terrier has a compact, Well-muscled and strong body, with good bone structure, deep, well-sprung ribs and strong hindquarters. The front legs are moderately long and the forefeet are larger than the back feet. The back is medium length and the top line is level. The head is shorter and wider than that of any other terrier with bushy topknot and shaggy eyebrows. The skull is robust and separated from the muzzle by a definite stop. The muzzle is powerful but not heavy and the nose is black.The medium-sized eyes are deep set, rather sunken, the colour being hazel or dark hazel depending on the coat colour. The small, pointed ears are set wide apart and carried erectly. The short hairy tail is well furnished with hair but not feathery. It is carried gaily but never curled over back. The double, waterproof coat has a profuse shaggy outer coat and a soft furry undercoat. The coat comes in cream, wheaten, brindle, sand, red, blackish and various shades of gray.

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Temperament [ edit ]

The Cairn Terrier is an intelligent, spirited, strong and  loyal breed, quite restless, always bustling everywhere at great pace. Cairns have the terrier temperament and like other terrier breeds they love digging and should not be left alone in a yard if the fence is not properly reinforced. They are alert, loyal, merry, loveable, but also mischievous and males tend to be bossy, needing firm but tender training. Otherwise they can become destructive or bark too much. They learn quickly, are easy to train and enjoy performing tricks.Cairns are very independent (the females more than males) and do not make good lap-dogs, but they enjoy accompanying their human families either in the fields or in a urban environment. They are also very playful and patient with children, but they should be let unsupervised when they meet young children for the first time. Families living an active life will find in the Cairn Terrier the ideal companion.
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Health [ edit ]

This breed is generally healthy but some dogs may be prone to allergies, often in the form of skin conditions. Most of the times such allergies are due to corn which should never be fed to this breed. Cairns may also suffer from Ocular Melanosis and dislocated kneecaps.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

Toto from "The Wizard of Oz" was starred by a Cairn Terrier bitch which real name was Terry.
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