|Group:||Terriers (Group 2)|
|Club:||Cairn Terrier Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mrs Barbara Candela|
|Phone:||(03) 5981 8532|
Background. One of the original breeds of the highlands and west coast islands of Scotland, this working Terrier was valued for its ability to hunt and kill vermin as part of a Laird’s pack or a crofter’s house dog. In 1910 the name Cairn Terrier was approved by the Kennel Club for this hardy terrier, also the Cairn Terrier Club was established by devotees to ensure that the “old working terrier of the highlands was not going to become a lap dog”, which is reflected in the present standard of the breed.
Average Lifespan. When considering a dog please realize that you are taking on for its life time. The Cairn Terrier lives between 12 to 15 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament. The Cairn Terrier thrives on companionship and love, is lively, loyal, loving and intelligent. Small enough to be picked up and cuddled, tough enough to enjoy a long walk, or playing in the back garden. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised. The accepted colours are shades of cream, wheaten, red, and grey with brindling (black hairs) in all colours. Coat colour may change with age.
Care requirements. The Cairn Terrier is to be kept happy, healthy, immunized, exercised and protected. It is a double coated dog, weekly brushing and combing of the coat will remove any dead hairs and keep the skin healthy, it is advisable that the topcoat is stripped out at the onset of summer. Ensure fencing and gates are escape proof, that if outside the Cairn has shelter and water, some stimulating toys to keep it amused.
In Conclusion. Now you know a little about the breed, make contact with the Cairn Terrier Club of Victoria who will be able to provide you with more information and refer you to any breeders with puppies available and the dates of any forthcoming shows which you may like to visit to speak to Cairn Terrier breeders and owners.