name of cairn terrier is derived from the words of stone. It represents a
cairn or the tumuls indicating the final resting place of the deceased.
Cairn terrier ancestors were used for hunting smaller wild beast, which hide
in stones and burial-mounds.
dogs, which can be seen as the ancestors of today´s cairn terriers can be
found on farms and estates on the West coast of Scotland and the adjacent
islands. Therefore, the cairn terrier evolutionarily closest to the
Skye terrier and sometimes is called stubble Skye. And very closely
related is West Highland White Terrier.
Acording J. Robertson datas of 1935 - in farms terriers in west Scotland and
adjacent islands (f.e. Isle of Skye)litter puppies are deprived of their
cream to white (ancestors of today´s WHWT) and dark. Dark puppies can be
considered ancestors Cairn Terriers.
first breeder, which demostrated their working terriers to Cruft exhibitions
in 1909, was Mrs. A. Campbell of Adrishaig. She sent three dogs, who were
identifies as stubble Sky Terriers. This breed has been mark as working
breed, but quickly ganed a large number of admirers. In 1914 at Cruft
exhibiton has already been presented more than 60 dogs and bitches. It didn´t
grip his appearance, but certainly character properties, resistance to bad
wether and easy maintenance of hair.
Naming the new breed, however, seemed to be a problem. Previously, they
weren´t terriers as a special form, so anyone felt the need to be named.
And despite the fact, that the Campbells are dealt with breed ancestors
Cairn Terriers since 1875. Later, very quickly name a new breed has taken
the Carin Terrier. As a distinct breed Cairn Terrier recognized Kennel Club
I.Stuchlý, M.Císařovský - "Terriers"