Thinking about purchasing an Cairn Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Cairn Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Cairn Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Cairn Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Cairn Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Cairn Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Cairn Terrier Breed Profile
The vivacious little Cairn Terrier is an active, hardy, small working terrier. They are able to prove their worth as a dispeller of vermin. Cairn Terriers are free in movement, strong, but not heavily built. Their head is shorter and wider than any other terriers and well furnished with hair giving a general foxy expression. Cairn Terriers are a wonderful family dog, but will always remember their ancestry as a "sporting terrier". Their original use was for digging out vermin from the "cairns" of Scotland, which are piles of stones used for graves. They make a very active, inquisitive and "ready to go" dog. Cairns will be willing to go whenever you please. They are a great dog for the house, plus Cairn Terriers are good with children. Energetic and always on the watch, they will alert you to the presence of strangers by growling. They remain lively and friendly, and generally described as more mellow than the other terriers. They crave affection, are eager to please, and make a good family pet. They are plucky and bold, unafraid of what small animals may lurk in the underbrush. Excellent for ratting and ridding the house and yard of all kinds of pests, the Cairn Terrier is clever, curious and independent. Having the mind of a terrier, they can be scrappy with other dogs and stubborn with their owners, but generally have little problems with training.
Females: 9.5 - 10 inches; Males: 10 - 12 inches.
are any color except for white. They can be cream, wheaten, red, gray or nearly
black. Brindling is acceptable in all colors. Never solid black, solid white,
or black and tan. Typically there are dark points on the ears, tip of tail and
Terriers are bold, alert, intelligent, and independent. They can be self-willed
and stubborn, but they love attention and will do what they can to get it. They
are willing to please, excited and plucky pets. They are friendly and hard workers.
They have a tendency to dig a lot, and if they are not trained, one will find
holes in their backyard, especially around fences. They have a lot of energy
and pizzazz. They are usually fine with children and other pets, although males
should be monitored at the first meeting. Males can be aggressive with other
dogs. They also have quite a bark for such a little dog.
Watch-dog: High. These little
watchdogs will alert their owner to anything coming near with a bark.
Cairn Terrier Care and Training:
Never scissors trim the Cairn Terriers coat, except for the shaping of
their feet. Weekly brushing or rubbing with a damp towel is needed. Minimal
bathing. Pay special attention to their teeth and nails. Their coat can require
some tidying up before a show, but minimal care is required due to their shaggy
look overpowering any haircut. Cairn Terriers exercise should consist of free
roaming in a fenced yard or daily walks. As an earth dog and digger, a Cairn
Terrier will leave holes in your backyard and should be trained not to. Training
should also be taken to secure unwanted barking.
Activity: Indoors - Medium.
Outdoors - High. Cairns are very inquisitive and will seek out vermin.
Cairn Terrier Health Issues: Glaucoma, liver shunt, luxating patellas, and hereditary eye diseases. Other health concerns include: skin allergies, globoid cell leukodystrophy, and Legg-Perthes.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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