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ACTIVITIES FOR YOU AND YOUR CAIRN TERRIER
The Cairn Terrier is intelligent and eager to please. With proper training, a Cairn can master an
unlimited number of tricks and commands. The Cairn will chase squirrels, cats, rabbits, and other
dogs if given a chance. For this reason, he should only be walked in public places on a leash, and
he should be given free run only in a securely fenced yard.
The Cairn Terrier has a moderate to high activity level, content with two or three walks a day, of
about 1/2 hr each. Regular exercise and plenty of indoor and outdoor playtime are recommended.
Because these dogs are good with digging and seeking out hidden, buried objects, you might play a
bit of bury-and-find with your pet. Also, these dogs love chewing, so give them something to chew on
or play a friendly game of tug-of-war with a chewable toy.
In addition to digging and fetch, you and your Cairn Terrier might enjoy the following activities:
Here are some pictures of the VVDOC Cairn Terriers enjoying their favorite activities !
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Best known as "Toto" from the Wizard of Oz, the Cairn Terrier is a small, hardy working terrier.
Originally bred to aid Scottish farmers in ridding their properties of pests, Cairns today use their
tenacity to excel in obedience, agility, terrier and tracking trials. Alert and active, this breed
possesses a harsh, weather-resistant outer coat that can be any color except white. The hair around
the head gives him a general foxy expression.
A Look Back
The Cairn originated in the Highlands of Scotland and the Isle of Skye, initially grouped in the "Skye
Terrier" class alongside the Scottish and West Highland White Terriers. In the early 1900s, the three
breeds began to be bred separately. The name "Cairn" refers to the rock dens that foxes and
badgers lived in throughout the countryside. The dog would squirm down into these "cairns" and bark
to hold the predator until the farmer killed it.
Right Breed for You?
Cairns love their families, but may try to test their owner’s limits, so obedience training is necessary.
Although they learn quickly, the Cairn may always have the instinct to dig and chase small animals,
so new owners should be prepared for these behaviors. Regular brushing and exercise are also
necessary to keep the breed fit and happy.
Did You Know?
- The Cairn Terrier originated in the Western Isles of Scotland, where, for centuries, he has
been used as a working terrier, and was formerly known as he "Short-haired Skye Terrier."
- One of the most popular Cairns was Toto from "The Wizard of Oz" whose real name was
Terry, and he was a she.
- The Cairn Terrier is an alert, intelligent, active and long-lived.
- The Cairn Terrier has a working background and they like to dig.
- Farms with several Cairns were free of rats, mice, moles, and other burrowing animals.
- There is evidence that one of the oldest-known strains of Cairn, or "Short-haired Skye Terrier",
as the breed was generally known at the turn of the century, was founded by Captain Martin
MacLoed of Drynock, Isle of Skye.
Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1913.
Ideal size about 10 inches tall at the shoulder and 14 pounds.
© The American Kennel Club, Inc.
The Cairn Terrier Breed Standard - www.akc.org/breeds/cairn_terrier/index.cfm
History of the Cairn Terrier - www.akc.org/breeds/cairn_terrier/history.cfm
National Breed Club - Cairn Terrier Club of America - www.cairnterrier.org
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