The Cairn Terrier dog breed is a small working terrier developed on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Cairn Terrier.
The Cairn terrier may have existed as long ago as the 16th century, helping to control vermin on the Isle of Skye. Their specialty was in bolting quarry, particularly otters, from heaps of stone known as cairns. The breed is related to the Scottish and West Highland white terriers, and crosses with Westies occurred as recently as the 1920s. Today, the Cairn terrier is an excellent all-around family pet and show dog.
2) Around Kids
Very affectionate, this is a dog that loves to play with kids. It’s not always going to be as gentle as it should, but it’s always happy to be around a child. Friendly and playful, kids love this little dog because it doesn’t intimidate them or scare them in any way, but it loves to play with them. If the kids are bored, the dog will help cure them of that fleeting thought.
They tend to be southpaws, but that’s not the only odd Cairn foot fact. Their front paws are well-padded and larger than their rear ones, traits that gave them an advantage when digging in their pursuit of rodents. For the average pet owner today that means that you’d better protect, or give up on, your garden. Cairns just gotta dig.
4) Love Playing
These are dogs that love to play. They want to run and fetch and play in general. They love being in the snow so they can hunt. They love being in the yard so they can dig. Show this breed a squirrel in your yard and watch as the dog happily tries to run it off. In fact, you’re not going to be able to tell whether or not the dog is actually trying to get the squirrel or just playing with it because it’s fun.
5) Around Cats
So many small dogs are not fond of cats – or maybe cats are not fond of them. However, this is a breed that is not really one way or the other. It seems to think that cats are pretty all right. Some might be very friendly depending on individual personality and how it was raised with cats, and others might not like the introduction of a cat at all. But since they’re not too much smaller than this breed, it doesn’t view it at a threat or an issue in any way.
They do not give up. There is a story of a working Cairn in Britain whose job was to help clear otters from seaside rock formations. The terrier grabbed the otter and held tight even after the animal plunged into the sea. His owner had to dive underwater to rescue his dog and found the little terrier, with his teeth still in the otter.
The Cairn terrier is a barker. Don’t let this deter you from having one of your own, but know that it might not be the best dog to have at home with a brand new baby or an infant you want to sleep throughout the day and night. This is a happy dog that makes a lot of noise, so be prepared for that kind of lifestyle with this animal.
This is a breed that likes to be helpful, so it makes a good watch dog. It’s going to assume that when you are not around it is in charge, and it will alert you to people, animals and anything else that seems amiss in your home. It simply is not a dog that is going to bother with things it does not consider normal in any way, shape or form. It’s not going to attack anyone, but it is going to make sure that you know people are coming.
Many people expect this breed to be more of a lap dog because it’s so small, but that could not be further from the truth. This is a breed that is too busy and too entertained by just about everything else in the world around them to be too concerned with being a lap dog. This breed would much rather be in the garden digging up your flowers and plants, so you’re going to want to train him immediately. Fortunately, this is a very smart breed that will do well with training.
Most terrier breeds are remarkably similar. The same words are used over and over – quick to bark, quick to chase, lively, bossy, feisty, scrappy, clever, independent, stubborn, persistent, impulsive, intense.