Cairn
 


Current

Results And Critiques
Archive Critiques And Results

Boston 20
Boston 20 Judge
Manchester 20
Manchester 20 Judge
Crufts 20
Crufts 20 Judge
Scottish Beeeds
Scottish Breeds Judge
National Terrier 20
National Terrier 20 Judge
WELKS 20
WELKS 20 Judge
Birmingham National 20
Birmingham National 20 Judge
SKC May 20
SKC May 20 Judge
Bath 20
Bath 20 Judge
Southern Counties 20
Southern Counties 20 Judge
Three Counties 20
Three Counties 20 Judge
Border Union 20
Border Union 20 Judge
Blackpool 20
Blackpool 20 Judge
Windsor 20
Windsor 20 Judge
East Of England 20
East Of England 20 Judge
Leeds 20
Leeds 20 Judge
Paignton 20
Paignton 20 Judge
Bournemouth 20
Bournemouth 20 Judge
Welsh Kennel Club 20
Welsh Kennel Club 20 Judge
SKC August 20
SKC August 20 Judge
City Of Birmingham 20
City Of Birmingham 20 Judge
Richmond Dog 20
Richmond Dog 20 Judge
Darlington 20
Darlington 20 Judge
Belfast 20
Belfast 20 Judge
Driffield 20
Driffield 20 Judge
South Wales 20
South Wales 20 Judge
Midland Counties 20
Midland Counties 20 Judge
LKA 20
LKA 20 Judge


Email Your Critique - Published Same Day

 

 

 

The Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terriers are intelligent, lively, strong, and loyal. Like most terriers, they are stubborn and strong-willed, and love to dig after real or imagined prey. Cairn Terriers have a strong prey instinct and will need comprehensive training. However, they are highly intelligent and, although very willful, can be trained. Although it is often said that they are disobedient, this is not the case provided correct training is applied; they are headstrong though, and should always be walked with a leash.
A notable characteristic of Cairns is that brindled Cairns frequently change color throughout their lifetime. It is not uncommon for a brindled Cairn to become progressively more black or silver as it ages. The Cairn is double-coated, with a soft, dense undercoat and a harsh outer coat. A well-groomed Cairn has a rough-and-ready appearance, free of artifice or exaggeration.
The dogs were used by crofters, shepherds, and foxhunters for pest control - foxes, rats rabbits were their early quarry, but with the advent in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries of sporting pursuits, the dogs were much favoured for use against badgers and otters. Their “gameness” - the ability to ignore pain and continue to fight on - became legendary, and even at the beginning of the 20th century there were packs of Cairns that could not be handled by anyone other than their keeper! Dogs varied enormously in size, shape and colour depending on the terrain they worked, and the quarry they were used against.
The origins of the Cairn Terrier are lost in the mists of time, but the dog is undoubtedly descended from the original indigenous working terrier of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. There are references to them in the sixteenth century, when King James 1 and V1 sent a group of Earth Dogges to the King of France. So prized were they, that he stipulated that they be sent in separate ships lest disaster befall them en route.

 

Breed Clubs and Societies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cairn Breed Standard