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Getting started

I bought my first Cairn in 1987 and started to show later that year, Ch Kivran Pride and Joy became our first champion. I had previously shown Cavalier King Charles as a youngster so it was not completely new to me but the Cairn certainly was. I don't know if everybody else is the same about their first dog in a breed but nothing compared to this Cairn in my mind. But gradually I started looking at other dogs and comparing the differences and then the questions started. I remember showing at a Club Show and being placed third in Open Dog. The lady judge was from abroad and I asked her politely when she had finished judging if she could tell me why the dog was placed where he was as I was new to the breed. She pointed out the dog's good points and what she felt could be improved on and what to look out for if I intended to breed. She also told me to look at the presentation of the other dogs. I then thought about getting a bitch and started looking at different kennels. I went to Crufts with a certain dog in mind but after watching numerous classes a certain kennel kept catching my eye. I loved the shape and personalities that were coming from this kennel. They were by a dog called Larchlea Here's Harvey, a dog I had heard about but unfortunately I never saw him in his prime. I spoke to Carol Templeton about acquiring a bitch and arranged to meet her at the Northern Ireland Cairn Club show the following month.

This is where I saw Ch Larchlea Take a Chance on me for the first time and it was love at first sight.  At the same show I also saw Ch Birselaw Boomerang another one who caught my eye little did I know that day that these two kennels would play a role in the formation of Cadagio and I will be forever grateful to Carol for my foundation bitches. I spoke to Carol and said that I was willing to wait.

 In 1990 I got Ch & Eng. Ch. Larchlea Second Chance who was certainly worth the wait as she was the first Cairn in the South of Ireland to gain both the English and Irish Championship Titles and won the bitch CACIB at the first show awarding them. Unfortunately she never produced any pups but her personality and showmanship made her a pleasure to own. I then bought  

Ch. Larchlea Take my Breath Away who also won CC Bitch and Best in Show at the North of Ireland Cairn Terrier Club but gave up her show career to produce Ir. Ch Cadagio Jive Talking, Cadagio Think Twice of Larchlea (4 RCC’s) and Int Ch and  Ch Cadagio Talk of the Town (Bailey) An Ch 2000, 2002,2003  who is the first cairn in Ireland or the UK to have gained and International title He was the top winning Cairn in 2000. In 2001 he went to Kennel Zalazar in Denmark and his offspring are in Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Prague, America, Finland and Italy his Daughter Am Ch Thestrup More Talk of The Town gained her title in 2003 becoming his first of three foreign champion Daughters and their offspring are still being shown and winning and gaining titles. He returned to Ireland in 2002 to become top cairn again in 2002 and  2003 making him the first cairn to be top cairn for three years He has numerous group placing and has also won a group


I  bought Ir. Ch. Birselaw Thunderbird (2 CACIB’s) who was the first Cairn ever to win a CACIB in Ireland and was the first Cairn ever to qualify for the Irish Show Dog of the Year Finals which is no mean achievement as this is based on Group Points won at Championship Shows. 

I got Ir. Ch. Larchlea Unchained Melody of Cadagio An Ch 97 & 98 who also has won 2CC’s and 4 RCC’s and is the mother Ch & Int Ch Cadagio Tia Maria who is Bailey's second Irish Champion she is also the dam of Cadagio Singha Gold in Denmark.  Then came Ch. Larchlea the One for Me of Cadagio An Ch 99 who gained her title as a Junior bitch and was top cairn in 1999 she is the dam of Ch Cadagio Honky Tonk Woman and Ch Cadagio Pretty Woman who had a successful year in 2003 both in the show ring and as a new mum. She is also the dam to Cadagio  Mizz Dizzi Lizzy in Denmark Cadagio Florida Pearl and Aust Ch Cadagio go Ballistic in Australia and Cadagio High Society in Finland and Cadagio Every Breath you Take in Italy.  

In 2001 we had the Danish invasion with Zalazar Special Edition mother to Cadagio Hocus Pocus in Finland and then Ch Frigg's Josefa. Josefa became the first Danish bitch to gain and Irish Champion title she was bred to UK Ch Birselaw Billy Furey  in 2003 and produced Ch UK Ch & Int Ch Cadagio as Good as it Gets BOB Crufts 2006 and Best in Show 2006  he is also the first cairn on the import register to gain the Uk champion title and he is the first to qualfiy for Irish Show Dog of the Year Finals two years running he is the only cairn to have gone Best In Show at a Championship show in Ireland so he certainly lived up to his name.

  His sister is Ch & Int Ch Cadagio Catch Me if you Can and both of them  on their first Debut in England won both Minor Puppy Classes at the Cairn Terrier Association Championship show she is also the mother to Cadagio a Star is Born in Finland. Ch Cadagio Look Who' Talking,   Ch Cadagio Stand by Me and Ch Cadagio Let the Good Times Roll.

Ch & Int Ch Cadagio Catch me if you Can is mother to  UK Ch Ir Ch Int Ch Cadagio the Unexpected who was BOB Crufts 2008 and Group 3 winners at Hibernian International Show he was top cairn 2007  2008 and 2009.  Her second litter produced daughters Ch Cadagio Make it Happen who has had a wonderful start to her show career on her first show she took best puppy best bitch and third best puppy in show at an all breed Championship Show.  She won Best Puppy in show at the NICTC Club Championship show and best puppy bitch class at National Terrier she also won the CC at Belfast Championship show from junior. Her littermate is Cadagio Sultry Siren who is the mum to our latest pup

Ch UK Ch & Int Ch Cadagio as Good as it Gets top cairn 2004 2005 2006  is the sire of  Ch Cadagio She's the One Limit Bitch winner Crufts 2007 and Aust Ch Cadagio Great Expextations. His other daughter Ch Cadagio Let the Good Times Roll CW 07 has gained her Championship title his other daughter Ch Cadagio Good Vibrations has won numerous best puppies in breed and has been placed regularly in the puppy group and has also won a green star from puppy class and is now a champion .  His niece Ch Cadagio Make It Happen has won numerous green stars and BOB and has also won a CC from junior. His grandchildren are now making their mark in the show ring and following on in grandads footsteps for doing the unusual his grandson Cadagio No Doubt About it won Best Puppy in show which has not been done by a cairn in the last 20 years.  CH Cadagio No Doubt About it has also got a Group 2 placing as a puppy at his first dog show he was second best Puppy in show and he has won the RCC out of Junior  He is currently on loan and co owned in Holland By Mieke Jensen where he has won the Terrier Group and Finished 3rd BIS the only Irish cairn to ever to achieve such an award so he certainly has followed in granddad's footsteps.  In 2014 on his return to Ireland Louie certainly made his presents felt on the Irish Circuit he only attended three shows and ended up Group 3 at one Show and he won the Group at Tralee

his litter mate CH Cadagio Secret Liaison has had a good year and finished 2010 in style by taking CC and BOB and was shortlisted in the Terrier Group at Belfast.  She went one better at Bull Breeds where she won Group 3 and at Cloghran Championship show she finished second in Group 3.  

At SKC CH Cadagio Secret Liaison won her 3rd CC subject to KC confirmation she is now a UK Champion the following Day at Hibernian Dog show she won BOB and Group 3 her 4th CC and BOB at Belfast Champion show

What a wonderful start to 2011 Ch Cadagio More than a Feeling at his first show in the Uk went Best Puppy in Breed and finished in the last 4 for Best Puppy in Show  at the same show CH Cadagio Secret Liaison won her second CC. He was RBIS at the Midland Cairn Terrier Club Show  2011 CC  Belfast Champion show 2012 CC and BOB at Belfast Champion show 2013 RCC Belfast Championship show and North of Ireland Cairn Terrier Club Show

2012 was another supper year with Two new International Champions and another Irish champion 

2013 This year we missed a few shows but our two new youngster litter mates Ch Cadagio Turning Tables gained her title she was also placed at Crufts and won the RCC at Belfast Championship Show.  Ch Cadagio Someone Like You has had a great year as well gaining his title and was Group 3 at Limerick Championship show 

Cadagio Dressed to Impress Harley and Lexi's daughter has only started her show career and boy did she star in style at the North of Ireland Cairn Terrier Club Show she took best puppy in show.  North of Ireland Cairn Terrier Club Show and has won 2 green stars and is only 10 months old.  2014 and Macy takes the RCC at the largest club show of the year.

Our latest arrival Cherrycrack Birdsong has certainly made her presents felt on her first outing she took Best Baby Puppy in Breed and then went onto 2nd Best Baby Puppy in show the following day she took Best Puppy in Breed and then went onto win the Puppy Group Wow

2014 What an exciting year as this year we are proud to introduce Can Ch Checkers Gingerbread Man to the Irish Show Scene  Ginger has the most wonderful temperament and we will be forever grateful to his breeder Joan Blackstaffe for allowing us to have Ginger stay and look forward to showing his offspring.  Ginger gained his Irish Title before returning to Canada and was Celtic Winner 2014.  His children have already made their presents felt in the show ring.

2015 Gingers son Cadagio Don't Stop Me Now is certainly taking after his mum and dad.  He was second in Junior Dog at Crufts he won Junior Dog at Scottish breeds and he gained his Championship title just out of junior.  He has also got a group 2 placing.

  Father and son

You can see all the dogs' pedigrees on this site.


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