Runrig Cairn Terriers

Vickie Shotwell, Cairn Terrier Breeder in Rogers, AR

About Runrig

Welcome to Runrig Cairns.  We are located just outside of Rogers Arkansas near Hobbs State Park in the beautiful Ozarks.

We began our journey with Cairns in 1997 with the purchase of my first Cairn, Tink, as a pet. It was this first Cairn that got me interested in showing dogs. I started out showing my girl in performance events where we titled in obedience and agility. Tink and I also became involved in therapy dogs.

While attending an agility trial, I met two Cairn breeders who invited me to attend my first Cairn Specialty Dog Show in Chicago with them. After seeing so many beautiful Cairns in one location, I was truly bitten by the show bug!



Soon after attending this show, I acquired my first show dog, Marquees Cabaret. Who was to be followed shortly by a second girl, Ch Marquees Green With Envy. This girl was to become the foundation of my breeding program. Most of my dogs are of Scandinavian descent. I feel that these dogs best contribute to the attributes that I am working to achieve.


I breed only a litter or two every year or so. My dogs are bred, for good health, and temperament, as well as correct conformation and Cairn type.  I believe in health testing all my puppies as well as dogs I choose to breed and show. In addition, I do a complete DNA  health analysis on all my dogs that are currently being used to further my breeding program.


All of our puppies are well socialized before going to their new homes.  I am a member of Cairn Terrier Club of America and the Cairn Terrier Club of Greater Detroit.

I have often been asked how I Selected the name Runrig for my kennel name. Runrig is the name of a Celtic band from Scotland.  I purchased a CD from them on my first trip to Scotland. I enjoyed their music very much. A good friend suggested it’s use.  After I decided upon using it. I learned the meaning behind it. It is  a now defunct tenure of land practiced in Scotland. Our standard states that a cairn should own the land it stands on. After learning this, I couldn’t think of a better name to use.

Here at Runrig our Cairns all live in our home, and are truly our best little pals!


I hope you will enjoy your visit. We welcome your questions about our dogs, as well as Cairns in general. As an obedience instructor, I also welcome questions pertaining to training your new pet and companion.  

Vickie Shotwell

                      Email: [email protected]