Cairn Terrier breed information, pictures and more...

Schottland, 1500.
AKC Terriers, FCI Group III.: Terriers, TKC Terrier
Dogs 10-13 inches (25-33 cm)
Bitches 9-12 inches (23-30 cm)
Dogs 14-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Bitches 13-17 pounds (6-8 kg)
12-15 years
4 to 7
Very high

The Cairn Terrier is a peppy, very hardy little terrier. This breed has a compact and strong body with a water-resistant coat and a fox-like expression. It is active and game; it is an effective watchdog. It is also very affectionate and makes a good family dog. Presumably everyone remembers a Cairn called "Toto" in the film "The Wizard of Oz."


Any color except white.


Weather-resistant double coat with a harsh outer coat and a soft undercoat. Brush several times a week, being gentle with the soft undercoat. A neglected coat soon becomes a sorry, matted mess. Once a month bathe the dog and brush the coat while it dries. Trim around the eyes and ears with blunt-nosed scissors and clip the nails regularly. This breed sheds little to no hair.

Health Issues:

It tends to be allergic to fleas. It is important not to overfeed the Cairn Terrier for it tends to gain weight easily. Treats should be limited, even though the dog may be almost irresistible when begging. To minimize the risk of your Cairn Terrier developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Cairn Terrier puppy from a reputable breeder.  

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