August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
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lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Cairn Terrier Dog and Puppy Breed Information
The Cairn Terrier is 14 pounds or less, kept as natural as possible and therefore is still an easy to keep and groom terrier. Fortunately, he’s of a convenient size to tuck in the arm and go everywhere with his owner - exactly where he wants to be!


Cairn Terrier Puppy & Breed Information


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The Cairn Terrier evolved in western Scotland and has been purposely preserved as the traditional Isle of Skye terrier.  His name comes from cairns, the piles of rock used as landmarks but in which pesky vermin liked to hide. 


Cairn Terrier Coat, Color, Care: Purposely kept very traditional, the Cairn has a hard, double-coat that comes in any color except white.  Give him a good combing, occasional bath, and he’s good to go – and will if allowed.


Cairn Terrier Personality: The Cairn can be vocal and is an alert little alarm dog but he’s not a “barker”.  He is animated and “keen” but well mannered, good with children, small animals, and other dogs.  He can be as stoic or determined as his ancestors but above all, he is a people dog. 


Exercise Requirements: Cairn Terriers will chase a ball but you aren’t fooling him for a minute.  He needs regular outdoor exercise and a purpose in life.  A fenced yard will do but the Cairn will never turn down a good varmint-hunt in the woods and vigorous exercise will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.


Health Concerns: With a 12 – 15 year life span, the Cairn is a hardy, healthy little dog but he has a few odd hereditary problems.  Corneal dystrophy, PRA, and ocular melanosis (which can lead to glaucoma) are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents.  Legg-Calve-Perthes and even hip dysplasia or luxating patellas can affect the Cairn Terrier but structural problems can be modified by diet and proper exercise.  Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects.  A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.


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Cairn Terrier AKC Standard
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