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Cairn Terrier |Scotland|

Cairn Terrier |Scotland|

The Cairn Terrier traces back to the indigenous working terriers of the Scottish Highlands and islands and developed from the same stock that also gave rise to the Skye, Scottish, and West Highland White Terriers. These small, rugged working dogs were first mentioned in the sixteenth century, when they were most valued for their hunting abilities and described as “earth dogges.” By the eighteenth century, they were prized for hunting otters and badgers, and for their ferlessness—they never back down from a fight. During the nineteenth century, there was an effort to distinguish between the different types of terrier, with the Cairn first known as the Short-Coated Skye or Prick-Ear Skye. The Cairn got its official name in 1910. Cairns are plucky, cheeky dogs that love to hunt. They can be stubborn, are prone to barking and digging, and can be aggressive with other dogs.

Cairn Terrier |Scotland| Cairn Terrier |Scotland|
From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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