The Cairn Terrier
is one of the oldest terrier breeds
, originating in the Scottish Highlands
and recognized as one of Scotland’s earliest working dogs
. The breed was given the name Cairn, because the breed’s function was to hunt and chase quarry between the cairns
in the Scottish highlands.
Although the breed had existed long before, the name ‘Cairn Terrier’ was a compromise suggestion after the breed was originally brought to official shows in the United Kingdom in 1909 under the name Short-haired Skye terriers.