The Cairn Terrier It is one of the oldest breeds of Terrier, originating in Scotland and recognized as one of the first Scottish working dogs. It was created for hunting and the prey's burrow. The Cairn Terrier are buzzards. In Scotland they hunted rats and other rodents.
In our country house, will do the job of a cat, often hunting mice, rabbits and squirrels.
Cairn Terrier belongs to the family of the Scottish Terrier. They are five:
- The Scottish.
- The Westie.
- Dandie Dinmont.
- The Skye.
- The Cairn.
The characteristics of the current breed are carefully modeled on his ancestor, the Terrier of the Isle of Skye 17th century. It is believed that this dog was the basis for developing races such as the lion and the Scottish.
The history of the Cairn Terrier is reinforced by the fact that the modern Cairn is an attempt to preserve the typical form of the Terrier of the old days, a dog of work of the Isle of Skye. Known in his native Scotland for more than 500 years, It is believed that it is the oldest of the Terrier.
Cairn Terrier was originally bred as a hunting dog, to kill rats, Badgers, foxes, weasels, and other small insects. He is a native of the Isle of Skye, but to avoid confusion with the current Skye Terrier, He was appointed Cairn Terrier, in honor of rock piles and where used to search for their prey in their Scottish lands.
These dogs of short legs have a countenance of stooped appearance. Its thick cloak of hair is usually greyish in colour, light brown or sand, Although they are allowed all colors other than white.
A notable feature of Cairns Terrier is the change in color of the fur throughout his life. Is not uncommon to its striped pass to be increasingly more grey or silver, as you age. The fur has two layers, a soft, dense stuck to the skin, and other hard and rough, external. It is the smallest of the Terrier (the largest is the Scottish), its weight is of 6 to 7,5 kg. And its appeal is in 28 to 31 cm..
Many times, is defined to the Cairn Terrier as a “big dog trapped in the body of a small dog”, is an ex-officio adventurer, Intelligent, strong, loyal and hard, It is not at all a delicate and lap dog.
Are commonly active, resistant, they are always on alert and cheerful, they are prized as pets because they are relatively easy to train and adapt well to small houses or apartments that do not require more than one vigorous hike per day.
As most of the Terrier, they love to dig looking for real or imagined prey. Therefore, If you want to keep your lawn in conditions, It is not advisable to leave it many hours only.
Usually, they mix well with other dogs, But if there is possibility of confrontation they will defend their territory, they can't go back and face whatever lack. With the family they are very protectors and they usually get along with children, Although they do not hold any gross game, as pulling of ears, Rabo…
Walking is an excellent exercise for Cairns and their owners. It is advisable to give long daily walks.
The life expectancy of these dogs is of 12-14 years, they tend to have the fairly delicate skin (and as they grow older, even more).
- Alternative names: Cairn
- Group 3 / Section 2 – Small sized Terrier
Dogs breeds: Cairn Terrier