Hailing from the Isle of Skye in Scotland, the Cairn Terrier is one of the three Scottish Terriers that were once classified together as Skye Terriers; the other two being the West Highland White Terrier and the Scottish Terrier. These rugged little dogs rid their owners rocky land of foxes, rats, moles, even otter. This breed remains in the top 100 dog breeds and was previously a media favorite, appearing in the Wizard of Oz as "Toto" and "I Love Lucy".
Members of this breed make cheerful, affectionate and lively companions for all ages - old, young, even men who like little dogs but don't like the "delicate" look; they are said to have a natural love for children. These dogs are great for houses with other dogs but never other small pets as they retain their instinct to chase small animals. They are also adaptable to many living environments and temperatures. They are not for the owner that gets faint hearted at the thought of firmly and consistently training an independent dog. Grooming needs are few and exercise requirements are moderate. Cairns will generally live a long life of 13-15 years, however, potential health issues are numerous and it is recommended you familiarize yourself with the possibilities.