The Cairn Terrier originated in Scotland as a skilled vermin hunter. Although they weren’t named in print until 1887, Cairn Terriers have been known since the 1600s. They were commonly used throughout the Western Highlands for digging and rooting out small game and for keeping farms free of vermin.
If a farmer had a Cairn Terrier, they didn’t need a barn cat for pest control. Packs of these dogs were also used for hunting other predators, like foxes. The AKC recognized them in 1913 as part of the Terrier Group. Now, this sturdy, tough, and alert earthdog is also a loyal, loving, and playful family companion.This dog breed is courageous and devoted. They are often called “a big dog in a small dog’s body”. The Cairn Terrier may have a natural instinct to hunt and chase, but they are great with children and more tolerant than most terriers of other pets. This tends to make them a great family dog and an alert watchdog. Plus, they are bound to provide plenty of laughs and entertainment with their playful antics and cheerful disposition.