The Cairn Terrier is one of Scotland’s original and oldest terrier breeds, originating in the 1500s from the Highlands of Scotland and the Isle of Skye. Named for the manner in which it tracks foxes, rodents and badgers by squeezing down into “cairns” (piles of small stones that marked Scottish farm borders and graves and used by small game animals as dens), the breed is also said to be related to the Skye Terrier. It weighs from 14 to 18 pounds and has a height of 10 to 13 inches. It is a hardy little terrier with a shaggy and weather-resistant double coat - the outer layer is harsh while the undercoat is soft and downy. Colours come in cream, red, wheat, brindle, gray or sandy. It has dark ears, muzzle and tail tip.
This is a versatile working terrier, known for its skills such as hunting, tracking, watchdog, agility, competitive obedience and performing tricks. They are intelligent little dogs that can be willful but can be trained provided it is started at an early age. As house pets, they are loyal, lovable and friendly. They enjoy playing with children, are alert and because of their excellent ratting skills, expect them to do the job of a cat which is to hunt and kill mice, squirrels and other small animals around the house. There have been a lot of Cairn Terriers used in films, the most famous of which was the one used to play Toto in “The Wizard of Oz.”