Ilze du Preez is a registered breeder of Cairn Terriers. All puppies are registered with KUSA (Kennel Union of South Africa http://www.kusa.co.za/), micro chipped, inoculated and dewormed once they leave for their new homes at 7x weeks of age.

 

History of the Cairn Terrier;

The Cairn Terrier, better known until 1909 as the “Short-haired Skye,” is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, British working terriers. There is some question as to whether the first Cairn came from the mainland of Scotland or the Isle of Skye, but most opinion leans toward the Western Isle; and since Skye has been the accepted home of bott long-haired and short-haired terriers, officialdom decided to end the confusion by designating the long-haired, long-bodied dog as the Skye, and the short-haired shaggy variety as the Cairn.

The Cairn Terrier, however, as a breed if not a name, goes back three hundred years, and at least four Scottish terrier breeds lay claim to being descended from it – namely, the Scottish, West Highland White, Long-haired Skye, and the Dandie Dinmont.

The name “Cairn” (meaning a heap of stones) derives from the fact that for hundreds of years these hardy little dogs were maintained in packs by the Scottish lairds to rout fox, badger, and other furbearing predators from their hiding places in the rocky highlands.

A description of how the Cairn was used has come down to us through the works of an old time writer. Foxes were a considerable plague in Scotland at one time. Fast and cunning, they would raid the henhouses and barnyards, killing chickens, lambs and poultry. This early writer states that he heard of instances where as many as twenty lambs were killed in one night. He remembers being in a certain church where, after the blessing, the Precentor (a leader of the congregation in the Psalmody of the Scottish Churches) rose up and explained in his Scottish accent: “Noo lads, min` we`re gaun to hunt the fox of Tuesday. Be` a` up at the Laird`s hoose in guid time and Johnny Fraser`s comin` with a` his dogs.” Johnny Fraser was an ardent sportsman who maintained a pack of hounds as well as Cairn Terriers. These hounds had the reputation of never losing a scent once they had been put onto it. Their deep bray as they followed the trail reverberated through the countryside, letting everyone know that Johnny Fraser was out with his dogs on the trail of the fox.

The hunt would follow the hounds until the fox went to earth in a cairn, or pile of rocks. The Cairn would be surrounded by the larger dogs and the party of people, and Fraser would advance to the cairn with his terriers. On command, they would dart into the pile of rocks and the conclusion was foregone. Either the fox had to come out or be killed by the doughty little fellows.

The Cairn`s doughtiness is one of his most distinctive features and, although good bone and solid mass are demanded, This does not mean a clumsy build.

Being so completely beguiling in its own natural shagginess, The Cairn coat has never been subjected to the whims of dog fashion. Even for the show ring he requires only a little “tidying up” to present an appearance as smart as the most glamorous dog in the show. Judges feel that the winning Cairn should be the result of careful breeding, not fancy barbering.

– The Pet Library Ltd