Cairn Terrier, one of the first Terrier breeds from Scottish Highlands also a good working dog
Interesting detail: Cairn is a term used in the past for a pile of stones made by man. Usually found in uplands or mountain tops for different purposes.
Back to the Cairn Terrier article, these dogs were used to hunt small things, they have very good performance in tasks where scent is needed. We could call the Cairn Terrier a ratter dog breed, in the past men used these dogs to search for rats or other rodents living in the cairns. Nowadays this is a domestic dog, that awkward as it sounds, could play the role of a cat , Hunting mice, rabbits or squirrels, basically anything small that moves.
The Cairn terrier usually weights around 6 to 8 kilograms (13 to 18 pounds) and has a height of 9 to 13 inches (22 to 33 centimeters). Their coat is composed of a double coat, a shaggy and weather resistant outer coat, and a soft undercoat. The common life span of these dogs is about 12 to 17 years. Usual colors are gray, red, sandy, cream, or brindled in any of the colors mentioned. Colors like black and tan, and white are not recognized as official for this breed by many Kennel clubs. A special characteristic of this breed is that it’s outer coat color changes as it ages turning more black or silver. Regular grooming is recommended for this dogs. We will be discussing more topics on the next posts.