Serving Southeastern Cairn Fancy composed of members who love the Cairn Terrier, for their sport, be it conformation, performance, hunting instinct, and companionship and who work together to serve the best interests of the breed and their sport.



The Central Florida Cairn Terrier Club was sanctioned to hold matches on August 1, 1985 and was licensed to hold point shows by founding members Robert and Jamie Ablhalter, Nancy Webster, Doris Burr, Glenda Bruneau, and Suzette Heider, along with others as an affiliate club to the Cairn Terrier Club of America, under the guides of the American Kennel Club. The Central Florida Club’s mission regarding Cairns at the time was to promote discriminate breeding, to preserve his working qualities while urging adherence to the standard. The Club held matches and shows under the American Kennel Club rules and supported other shows, later to establish and sponsor the Central Florida Cairn Terrier Specialty Show and Sweepstakes, now celebrating its 28th year of competition in Brooksville, FL on January 17, 2021. The Club encourages sportsmanlike exhibition of Cairn Terriers.  The Club works to broaden the members’ knowledge of Cairns and the sport through educational programs, comradery and mentorship. The Club wants to be of service to members, fanciers, pet owners, humane societies and the general public, so far as Cairn Terriers are concerned.

Why a Cairn?

The Cairn Terrier is outgoing and confident dog, being sweet, loving, smart, and happy. Said to be a BIG dog in a LITTLE dog’s body.

The Cairn Terrier makes a wonderful family pet and will follow right along with anything the children want to do. The breed is ideal as a single house dog or with other dogs. The Cairn Terrier is small enough for an apartment and certainly tough enough to live on a country farm.

The Cairn Terrier is inquisitive and a quick learner. They do well with obedience training but love rousting prey from their lairs.

The Cairn Terrier is a rough and tumble kind of dog. It is a terrier at heart and always seems ready to go. The breed is active, curious and loves getting into things.