Original Name : Cairn Terrier
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Cairn
Male size : 11-12 inches
Male weight : 13-17 lbs
Female size : 11-12 inches
Female weight : 13-17 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : United Kingdom
Cairns must always come across as active, hardy and workmanlike. Naturally bold and frisky, they are self-assured but never aggressive.
Small, proportionate to the body and well furnished.
Straight back of medium length, strong, supple loins.
Cream, wheaten, red, gray or nearly black. Brindle in all colors acceptable.
Small, pointed, well carried and straight.
Short, proportionate, well furnished but without feathering.
Very abundant covering hair, harsh but not coarse, short, soft and close undercoat.
Cairns were originally only an offshoot of the Skye Terrier but with a distinctive short coat, bred on the Scottish isle of the same name by Cpt. Martin MacLeod.Agile and alert, these naturally looking dogs have an appetite for work. Standing firmly on their forelegs, Cairn Terriers have well sprung ribs and solid hindquarters. They move very freely, making great strides with their forelegs, while their hindlegs drive them on strongly. Like all the working terriers, Cairns have a weather-resistant coat.Both the Scottish and the Westie are descended from the Cairn.
Cairns are mounds of rough stones built as a memorial or landmark on a hilltop or slope in Scotland. They are used as hiding places by vermin, and Cairn Terriers were bred to hunt them down.