Meet Ruby a Cairn Terrier
About Cairn Terriers
The Cairn is one of the oldest terrier breeds, originating in the Scottish Highlands and recognized as one of Scotland’s earliest working dogs. The breed was given the name Cairn because the breed’s function was to hunt and chase quarry between the cairns in the Scottish Highlands
Although the breed had existed a long time, the name Cairn Terrier was a compromise suggestion after the breed was originally was brought to official shows in the United Kingdom in 1909 under the name Short-haired Skye Terriers. This name was not acceptable to The Kennel Club due to opposition from Skye Terrier breeders, and the name Cairn Terrier was suggested as an alternative. They are usually left-pawed which has been shown in dogs to correlate to superior performance in tasks related to scent.
Cairn Terrier Appearance
They have a harsh weather-resistant outer coat that can be black, cream, wheaten, red, sandy, grey, or brindled in any of these colours.
A notable characteristic of Cairns is that brindled Cairns frequently change colour throughout their lifetimes. It is not uncommon for a brindled Cairn to become progressively more black or silver as it ages. The Cairn is double-coated, with a soft, dense undercoat and a harsh outer coat. A well-groomed Cairn has a rough-and-ready appearance, free of artifice or exaggeration.
Cairn Terrier Nature
A great choice for first time owners, they thrive on being around people and do not do well when left to their own devices for long periods of time, so are not ideal for people who spend most the day out of the house leaving their pets alone in the home.
Cairn Terrier’s Popularity
At the time of writing according to Pet4Homes, the Cairn Terrier is the 104th most popular dog out of the 244 recognised breeds. To see the popularity of dogs over the last 100 years based on the Petplan Pet Census then this article is a really interesting read.