The Cairn Terrier - “Old Working Terrier of Skye”
The origins of the Cairn Terrier are closely tied to the Isles and Highlands of Scotland where they helped farmers seek out rats, foxes, badgers and otters that preyed upon their crops and domestic animals. Overall, Cairn Terriers are sunny in disposition and fun loving. They tend to be independent, not clingy, as befits a free thinking working dog. Cairns are not a “lap dog” but a companion par excellence.
Cairns are long-lived dogs, with a life span averaging 13-15 years. The Cairn Terrier is basically a healthy breed; however, since pure-bred dogs have, on average, 3-5 genetic faults, the Cairn Terrier is not without its health issues.
Our underwriting of health clinics gives Cairn owners an opportunity to have their dogs checked by a specialist at a low cost, and it helps breeders screen litters to make sure they are not passing on, unwittingly, unwanted abnormalities.
Since inception, the Foundation has distributed $200,000 in grants for medical research either directly to the medical/scientific institution with which the researchers are associated or through the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation.
Participate in Important Research Studies
The Foundation encourages you to join in current research studies to advance the health of our breed. Download the project flyer for details and help spread the word!
Help develop a generic test to screen for this disease and aid in making informed breeding decisions.
Dog Aging Project
Participate in a track of research specifically for Cairn Terriers in the largest canine health study in the world to date.