Cinzia, how did you meet and fell in love with the breed?
I first heard about the breed more than 25 years ago. I was a very young – 12 years old – and with my family we wanted to take a four-legged friend to share our life with him; at that time there was no internet, therefore the easiest way to get information on breeds was the pet magazines. So, browsing through a dog magazine, we came across an article about this little terrier and we immediately fell in love with it. This is how Morzsi, our first Cairn Terrier, arrived.
What are its main temperament and conformation features of the Cairn Terrier?
The Cairn Terrier is a funny little elf; it has a rustic look with lively eyes, pointed ears, which give it an expression that makes you fall in love at first sight. It is a small dog (weighing about 7/8 kg), robust and resistant to diseases, with rough hair and a carrot tail with a cheerful gait. The Cairn Terrier knows how to adapt to various situations but, like all terriers, it needs both physical and mental activity to convey its inexhaustible energy. He loves walking, he has a strong predatory instinct towards wild animals but he is very sociable with people, even with children; only males are a little bossy with other males. The hair needs a brushing once a week and a stripping (the specific grooming procedure that consists in the manual removal of all the dead coat) twice a year. Who owns a Cairn knows how nice and cheerful he can be; just a little bit stubborn perhaps, as a terrier, but with a little patience and consistency it becomes an ideal life partner. He has a strong appetite and loves cuddles, but as I always say “the Cairn lives WITH you and not FOR you”.
Who would you recommend it to?
I would recommend a Cairn to those persons who love having a small dog at their side in size but not in character and sturdiness, for those who love the outdoors, for those who would like a loyal but also independent companion. He is perfect for families with children, for those who like to do activities with their four-legged friend, for those who do not like to spend a lot of time looking after their hair, in short, for anyone who wants a concentrate of sympathy and joy on their side. I do not recommend it to those who prefer a lap, lazy dog, and to those who would like a companion who always walks by their side while walking without a leash.
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