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About Cairn Terrier:
Cairn Terriers come from the Scottish Isles - rather from the Isle of Skye. The "thorny road" to international registration started in their own country. At the 1910 Crufts show, Mrs. Alastair Campbell and Miss Mary Hawke requested to enter these dogs as the "Short-haired Skyes". The judge refused to judge these dogs as Skyes and marked her book as the "wrong class" . The breeders and owners persisited and asked the Chiarman of Skye Terriers Club to resolve this matter. Finally The Kennel Club decided the issue of new registration for a new breed - Cairn Terrier - in July 1910. It was very satisfactory for the owners and breeders in spite of the fact, that the "new breed" named Cairn Terrier is probably one of the oldest of the Scottish terriers.

Head and Skull Head small, but in proportion to body. Skull broad; a decided indentation between the eyes with a definite stop. Muzzle powerful, jaw strong but not long or heavy. Nose black . Head well furnished. Eyes : Wide apart, medium in size, dark hazel. Slightly sunk with shaggy eyebrows. Ears: Small, pointed, well carried and erect, not too closely set nor heavily coated. Mouth: Large teeth. Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissors bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Neck: Well set on, not short. Forequarters: Sloping shoulders, medium length of leg, good but not too heavy bone. Forelegs never out at elbow. Legs covered with harsh hair. Body: Back level, medium length. Well sprung deep ribs; strong supple loin. Hindquarters: Very strong muscular thighs. Good, but not excessive, bend of stifle. Hocks well let down inclining neither in nor out when viewed from the rear. Feet: Forefeet larger than hind, may be slightly turned out. Pads thick and strong. Thin, narrow or spreading feet and long nails objectionable. Tail: Short, balanced, well furnished with hair but not feathery. Neither high nor low set, carried gaily but not turned down towards back. Movement: Very free-flowing stride. Forelegs reaching well forward. Hindlegs giving strong propulsion. Hocks neither too close nor too wide. Coat: Very important. Weather-resistant. Must be double-coated, with profuse, harsh, but not coarse, outer coat; undercoat short, soft and close. Open coats objectionable. Slight wave permissible. Colour: Cream, wheaten, red, grey or nearly black. Brindling in all these colours acceptable. Not solid black, or white, or black and tan. Dark points, such as ears and muzzle, very typical.

Cairn Terriers are sharp, robust but cheerful small terriers. The body is sturdy and steady, approximately 28-31 cm (11-12 ins) at withers. You can tell from their posture that they are brave dogs with a strong character. Their paws are strong and as good hunters, they are always ready to shoot forward. These dogs are generally very healthy. They love to move, are very agile and have the ability to learn many sports skills. They are able to run beside a bike or a ski runner. Cairns love water - they treat it like a toy. Its surprising to see how they move when in water (be careful with fast flowing rivers as your dog might disappear from your sight!) Cairn Terries are dedicated family-lovers. These big-hearted dogs enjoy the company of children and are often trained and used for the Canis Therapy. Cairn Terriers look cheeky but at their heart, they are gentle and friendly. The people who have a Cairn as a family dog would never go for another breed of dog.

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