The Cairn Terrier is generally believed to have come from the same original foundation stock as the breeds now recognized as Scottish and West Highland White Terriers. All these breeds originated in Scotland. In the case of the Cairn an effort has been made to preserve as nearly as possible the type of the original terrier of Scotland, with the result that this dog is about the smallest working animal of the lot.
Any color except white is acceptable under the Cairn standard. Black points are typical. The coat character is importantÂit must have a profuse, harsh, but not coarse outer coat, and a short, close, furry under coat. The height of mature dogs is about 9 inches at the shoulder and the weights vary from 12 to 15 pounds for males and 11 to 13 pounds for females.
The Cairn Terrier is characterized by its alert appearance, intelligence, activity, hardiness, and gameness. It is essentially an outdoor dog particularly adapted to the work of retrieving and “going to earth” for vermin, but makes a very companionable house dog, however, and as such has found favor with many American owners. The distribution of the Cairn Terrier is not very extensive in this country.
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