The first full meeting of members of the club took place on 16th May 1981. The original name suggested by the club was The South Wales and Border Counties Cairn Terrier Club. The Kennel Club however did not accept this name and so the club was named the South Wales and West of England Cairn Terrier Club. The formation of the club arose out of the recognition that there had never been a breed club show held in Wales and the older breed clubs had little involvement in the South West of England. A vacuum existed and it was hoped that the new club would fill it.

The clubs first Open show took place on 10th October 1982, at Charfield in Avon. The judge was Mrs Hazel Small (Avenelhouse). The policy of the club at that time was to hold one Primary show and one Open show a year. At the Primary shows the morning was usually occupied with events such as ring craft for beginners, demonstrations of grooming and trimming, question and answer sessions etc. The Primary show then took place in the afternoon and entries were taken on the day. The clubs first Primary show was judged by Mr Trevor Evans (Wyesider). This show was actually the clubs first show as it was held in February 1982 at Broad Clyst, Nr Exeter. The club held its first Championship show at Yate, Nr Bristol on 19th October 1985. The judge for this show was Mrs Bunty Proudlock (Seltirk). The club held its first Limited show on the 17th April 1988, this replaced the clubs Primary show. The judge for this show was Mrs Ann Creane. Today though the club only holds the Open show in January and the Championship show in October.

The Club Publishes a Yearbook, which comes out in January and a Newsletter, which comes out in the summer, usually in July.


Anyone wishing to become a member of the club should contact any Officer or Committee member. They will be able to send you an application for Membership form which needs to be filled in and returned to the Secretary or you can download a copy of a membership form from the link below. All Members of the six Cairn Terrier Breed clubs in the UK are expected to abide by a CODE OF CONDUCT. Please click on the link below to read this.




SINGLE/JOINT ~ 10.00. TRIPLE/QUAD/OVERSEAS ~ 16.00. Joining Fee ~ 1.00 per person.

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