Non-sporting Breeds

Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 9-12in(24-30cm)
Weight: 13-16 lb (6-7.5kg)
Coat: Profuse, harsh but not coarse, with short, soft, close undercoat; weather-resistant
Color: Cream, wheaten, red, gray, or nearly black; brindling acceptable in all these colors; not solid black, solid white, nor black and tan; dark points, such as ears and muzzle, very typical

This popular Scottish terrier, or one very similar, has been known and used for putting down vermin for 150 years or more. It was named after the cairns (a Scottish word that means a heap or pile of stones) that often harbored vermin. The Cairn Terrier originated in the Western Highlands, where the Skye Terrier is well known. There appears to have been some confusion between the breeds at one time, and the Cairn, predominantly a working breed, used to be known as the Short-haired Skye Terrier. This intelligent, lively little working terrier is still well able to prove its worth as a dispeller of vermin and is also a popular and affectionate pet. lt is hardy and enjoys plenty of exercise though it can adapt to most living situations. The Cairn is an easy dog to show, requiring little grooming other than brushing, combing, and removing of excess feathering.
 
 
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