Cairn Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:n/a
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Daily walk
  • Exercise Needed:High
  • Energy Level:High
  • Protection:High, effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, considerate older children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF, vWD
  • Weight:Male: 14, Female: 13 lbs
  • Height:Male: 10, Female: 9.5 inches
  • Coat Colour:Any colour but white; dark ears, muzzle, tail tip desired

Cairn Terrier Coat

The Cairn terrier is double coated with a coarse outer coat and soft, short furry undercoat. Their coat has a shaggy appearance that does not require trimming and is weather resistant. They shed little to no hair.

Cairn Terrier Character

The Cairn terrier is intelligent, tenacious, and courageous. They are lively and bossy, very clever and independent. The Cairn terrier is quick to give chase and quick to bark at every new sight and sound. This breed is intense and active.

Cairn Terrier Temperament

This breed is spirited and restless, always seeking an adventure. They are friendly and affectionate, bold and fearless. The Cairn terrier loves to play and adores stimulation. They are loyal and alert and have a mischievous nature. The Cairn terrier has a special affinity for children over the age of six.

Cairn Terrier Care

The Cairn terrier must be brushed several times a week. The hair around the eyes and ears must be kept trimmed. Special attention must be given to not over feed, as they tend to gain weight quite easily. The Cairn terrier, while the smallest of the Terriers, also has the most health issues of the Terriers. They are especially allergic to fleas. The Cairn terrier is not suited for living outdoors and much prefers to be inside with their family.

Cairn Terrier Activity

The Cairn terrier is purely high energy. They benefit from daily brisk walks, but are more suited for a fenced yard with room to run. This breed is not suited for apartment or condo living. They require supervision when they are outside as their natural instinct to hunt and dig can lead them into danger. The Cairn terrier has excellent ball playing talents and would happily do so for hours.

Cairn Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The Cairn Terrier has a life expectancy of around 13-16 years. A number of health problems are linked to this breed, and some of these include cataracts, glaucoma, Legg-Perthes, luxating patella, blood disorders, kidney disorders, PRA, CMO, seizures, allergies, and thyroid problems. The parents of the Cairn Terrier should have OFA and CERF certificates, as well as GDC certificates.