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You may already know about this one "The Adventures of Greyfriar's Bobby" My wife rented it this evening and we truly enjoyed it. The story is set in Edinburgh and follows the life experiences of a devoted Cairn and the people in his life. If you get the chance watch this one you won't be disappointed.

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i agree with you that bobby was a cairn. i think in the legend he might also have been a cairn, though the breed was not well defined at the time, i think. but if you go to edinburgh and see his statue, he has little floppy ears. i think of that sometimes when people here worry about whether their cairns ears go up or down. probably doesn't matter (certainly not to any well-adjusted cairn).

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in 1858 i don't know if there was much of a difference, if any. his statue doesn't look like a definite skye or cairn, just a scottish terrier of some kind or other (with droopy ears). in the film he was a wheaten cairn (i mean the christopher lee movie, i don't remember much about the disney movie except that the dog looked like toto, so i thought it was a cairn). one website says the 2006 movie bobby was a "westie" which surely isn't right. it was a wheaten cairn. as for the original bobby... yeah, i think people have always assumed he was a "skye," which in the middle nineteenth century must have included what we now call cairns.

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Hey, thanks for the research; pkcrossley. I was wondering about the past, real story. Our little guys and girls have evolved and changed to match their environment. Understanding this by looking at all the different types of dogs out there today, and more being recognized by the AKC/CKC, etc. Best thing to try and find is the ancestory of our kids, whether direct ancestors or just the breed.

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you can find a few photos of "cairns" from a hundred years ago, when they were being bred carefully and getting recognized by the kennel clubs. they don't look different from skyes except for, it seems to me, the quality of their fur. and they don't really look like the ideal cairns of today, either. (but their ears all stand up! like skyes)

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I agree that he looks like a cairn and there wasn't much difference between the skye and cairn all those years ago but here in Scotland when i was told the story either at school or by a relative it was always a skye that was named so i always assumed a skye and never had a second thought he could be cairn until you said that in 1858 there probably wasn't a difference just a terrier of some kind.

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i think that's probably right --cairns and skyes are all believed by a lot of people to have originated on skye. i think skye was a generic name that included both modern-day cairns and skyes, who probably diverged long after bobby. "cairn" as a name for the breed that was differentiated between 1890 and 1915 is a pretty recent name; i think skye was probably a perfectly good way to refer to the ancestors of skyes, cairns, and westies back then.

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A reviewier on Netflix says, "A delightful movie. Great scenery, good acting, and a wonderful West Highland White Terrier. A real treat."

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Another movie is "Anatomy of a Murder" 1959 directed by Otto Preminger, featuring: James Stewart, George Scott, Ben Gazzara, Lee Remick, etc. There are a couple scenes with a Cairn Terrier. One where the dog gets a dish of beer from Mr. Stewart and another where he does a trick in the courtroom by turning on a flashlight. I wasn't able to get the dog's name (could be Jerry?) but the net lists the trainer as Robert E. Blair. You Tube even has the beer drinking scene in with a promo for the film.

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In "Anatomy of a Murder" the Cairn is called Muff.

Raise your expectations for what your Cairn can do....and try very hard to meet your Cairn's expectations of you.
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I thought of another one: "Love Crazy" 1941.

Featuring Myrna Loy & William Powell.

It will be on Turner Classic Movies, 8/9/07 at 9:45 PM. Its a romantic slapstick.

The Cairn Terrier has a minor role, but it helps the story line along. :)

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the terrier in the swing --oh my, how funny! a year or so ago i saw on television a few minutes of some old movie, maybe frank sinatra was in it, anyway somebody had a wheaten cairn sleeping in a dresser drawer. maybe the movie has been mentioned above, i never knew the name of it. the film had been colorized, but the cairn's colors were done very well. it made an impression on me, as i associate wheaten and red brindle cairns with a more recent trend, and grey brindles and charcoals with the old time movies.

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