Stargemmer Posted July 25, 2012 Share Posted July 25, 2012 (edited) Hello, I don't come on here often but thought I would do so in this case as I have some things to share with you about the Cairn Terrier and his history. I have already shared this with the UK Cairn Talk Forums & groups and it seems it should be here too. I'm not entirely sure where to place this post & topic, it would be nice if there was a section of the forum dedicated purely to History of the Breed. But here you go. The Admins can move it if it's in the wrong place. Some time back I procured some fascinating letters from a veteran member of the Cairn Terrier Club ( Scotland) which is the original and oldest Cairn club in the world, set up by Mrs Aleister Campbell and Alan Macdonald (of Skye) who was a working sportsman on Skye for most of his life, and carried on this tradition from his forebears, especially his uncle. Hunting with a pack of "Short Haired Skye" terries was done by the Macdonalds on Skye since at least the early 1800s, probably more. Macdonald primarily used his pack to hunt and kill otters which were considered a pest that destroyed salmon stock. Macdonald probably killed more otters in the UK than anyone else in his time. No matter what you think of the otters today, his actions and use of the "short haired Skyes" made the dog famous and eventually they came into the show and pet world via Mrs Campbell. It sometimes irks me slightly when I read various erroneous reports on websites etc that the present day Skye Terrier that we know is clamied as the original terrier on Skye. This is not the case. Let me present these documents that I procured from the Cairn Terrier Club. These exist as originals in their archives or in the archives of the Kennel Club in UK. They are absolute gems, as they show us so much information about our breed, some of which later wound up in early 20th Century publications like the one by Beynon Fisher and Florence Ross, but some which did not get published. All sorts of information is in these documents including data about size, colours, temperament, where the dogs came from, who was breeding them in "the old days" in the Highlands, - and what type of dog the original working terrier on Skye really was! It's also a fly on the wall direct look at how our breed name evolved, straight from the horse's mouth. I must say when I first read the original letter from the Secretary of the Skye Terrier Club Mr Porrit, I was annoyed, but when I read the letter sent back to him by Mr Macdonald I almost punched the air "Yes! that will show you!" LOL I have spoken to my source at the Cairn Terrier club and these are not copyrighted and the viewpoint is they should be shared. So here we go. I have tried to list them in date order so there is a sequence to them. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. The letters start shortly after Mrs Campbell first showed a set of "Short Haired Skye Terriers" at a show, beginning with a letter of complaint from Mr John Porrit, Secretary of the Skye Terrier Club. Letter of complaint from Mr John Porrit: 1) https://dl.dropbox.c...rs%20PDFs/1.pdf Various letters of defense back to him, and to the Kennel Club in defense of Short Haired Skye Terriers: 2) https://dl.dropbox.c...rs%20PDFs/2.pdf 3) https://dl.dropbox.c...rs%20PDFs/3.pdf 4) https://dl.dropbox.c...rs%20PDFs/4.pdf 5) https://dl.dropbox.c...rs%20PDFs/5.pdf 6) https://dl.dropbox.c...rs%20PDFs/6.pdf 7) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/6A.pdf 8) https://dl.dropbox.c...rs%20PDFs/7.pdf Macdonald back to Porrit ( a classic repost from a Highlander! ) ) 9) https://dl.dropbox.c...rs%20PDFs/8.pdf 10) https://dl.dropbox.c...rs%20PDFs/9.pdf 11) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/10.pdf Macdonald to Hawke (I am missing page 1 and trying to get it. Some of the information in the next sets of letters is quite grizzly, be warned, but fascinating for the history of our breed): 12) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/11.pdf 13) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/12.pdf 14) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/13.pdf Debating the solution: 15) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/14.pdf 16) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/15.pdf 17) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/16.pdf 18) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/17.pdf More about Cairn Terriers of Skye (Short Haired Skyes) 19) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/18.pdf 20) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/19.pdf 21) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/20.pdf 22) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/22.pdf 23) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/23.pdf 24) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/24.pdf 25) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/25.pdf 26) https://dl.dropbox.c...s%20PDFs/26.pdf best Alison Edited July 25, 2012 by Stargemmer Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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