Cairn Terrier Breed

A pleasant, sprightly, Scottish highland breed

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Cairn Terrier Breed Description

Life Expectancy
12-15 years
Learning Rate
Very high
Litter Size
4 to 7
Dogs: 14-18 pounds
Bitches: 13-17 pounds
Dogs: 10-13 inches
Bitches: 9-12 inches
Country of Origin
Scotland, 1500
AKC Terriers
FCI Group III.: Terriers
TKC Terrier
Other Names
Cairn Terrier

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.

Cairn Terrier dog

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.”


Cairn Terrier dog

The Cairn Terrier is a spirited, hardy, restless little dog. This breed is somewhat independent, but friendly. It is a big dog in a small dog’s body. This breed is naturally patient with children and very playful. It is alert, loyal, and mischievous. This dog is very curious, fearless and bold. It is highly intelligent, easily trained and likes to do tricks.

This breed is sensitive; it needs firm, but not harsh, training and discipline. Without attention and proper training, the Cairn Terrier can become destructive and/or bark excessively. This breed likes to dig searching for vermin; it is not wise to leave it unsupervised in a landscaped yard. It can be a chaser and should not be left off its lead in an unsecured area.

Cairn Terrier dog

Never leave your Cairn Terrier tied out, as it may fight larger dogs to protect its turf, sometimes with tragic consequences. Females tend to be more independent than males and some breeders feel that males are more affectionate. Some of the breed’s talents are: hunting, tracking, watchdogging, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks, it also excels at Terrier (Go-To-Ground) trials. Cairn Terriers will get enough exercise running around a small yard, but if you live in an apartment, it will need a daily walk or a romp in the park.


Cairn Terrier colors

Any color except white.


Cairn Terrier coat

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 Issuess

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.

Living Environment

This breed will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised, though a yard would be more suitable for this independent breed. It is a very active breed, and require plenty of walks and playtime.

Living environment

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