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Description of Cairn Terrier

´╗┐The Breed History

A highly valued working terrier type dog was developed on the Isle of Skye in Scotland that possessed courage fending off unwanted pests, including foxes and otters larger than themselves. In the 1870s, the Dandie Dinmont and Skyes (included Westies, Scotties, and Cairn) were split off into separate types, and by 1912, the Cairns had their own registry and classes. AKC registry began in 1913. From that decade forward, no intermingling of the Westies and Cairns took place. The name cairn means a rock pile used to mark landmarks, and the Cairn terriers would effectively clear these of vermin. As "Toto" in the Wizard of Oz, this likeable dog became a popular pet.

Breeding for Function

A hardy, courageous terrier-type, it was bred to control vermin and this is still emphasized in the breed. They are now valued as a companion dog. The breeding community favors retention of the historical type.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 9.5 " (24 cm), male 10" (25.4 cm) Weight: females 13 lb (6 kg), males 14 lb (6.4kg). Coat: The double coat may be any color but white, with the outer coat being wiry, and the undercoat soft. Dark points are preferred. Longevity: 12-15 years.

Points of Conformation: Though short-legged, their movement is free and powerful, and the medium back, deep ribs, and powerful muscles of the hindquarter produce exuberant but balanced activity. A short wide head with black nose, alert deep-set hazel eyes, small pricked up ears, and a tail carried up but not over the back characterize this breed.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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