Meet the Breed

The Friendly Adventurer: Armed with the urge to explore and a good amount of pluck, the Cairn Terrier can’t wait to make its next discovery.


Cairn Terriers


One of the most famous Cairn Terriers of all time is Toto, Dorothy’s faithful companion in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. Cheerful, determined, loyal and courageous, Toto embodied all the great qualities that have endeared the breed to many owners, and made the Cairn one of the world’s most popular terriers.

The cradle of terriers
An old British breed, the Cairn Terrier was in existence long before it was given a formal name. Several small, rough-haired terriers have been known in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye for centuries. They hunted fox, badger, rats and a variety of other pests that preyed on the Scottish farmers’ and landowners’ livestock and crops, and would burrow into the cairns (man-made rock piles that marked boundaries or burial sites) to flush out their quarry. Such dogs needed an abundance of guts and tenacity. The farmer dispatched the varmint when it bolted from cover; sometimes the dogs had to defend themselves against the animals.

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Carolyn   Moweaqua, IL

1/21/2012 1:52:25 PM

The author of this article nailed the disposition of my favorite breed to a Tee!! As I read, I kept saying to myself, "that is my little guy!" They do have their challenges to train, but the extra effort that it takes is definitely worth it!! They are a fun and wonderful breed, with so much personality!!

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