Cairn Terrier

Also Called: Cairn Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier
Friendliness High
Kid Friendly High
Pet Friendly High
Exercise Needs Significant
Playfulness High
Energy Level High
Trainability Average
Intelligence High
Tendency To Bark Low
Amount Of Shedding Medium

The Cairn Terrier is an intelligent, hardy little working terrier with a wiry double coat that is bred for its digging and hunting abilities. It is lively, efficient, and full of spirit, often displaying a brave attitude in the face of adversity.

Breed Overview

  • Group: Terrier
  • Life Span: 12-15 years
  • Height: Small
  • Weight: Small
  • Coat: Double
  • Coat Colors: Red,Grey,Wheaten,Yellow
  • Litter Size: 4-6
  • Family: Terriers
  • Hypoallergenic: false
  • Recognition: AKC
  • Size: Small

Training and Care

Cairn Terriers require careful training and socialization to be good citizens. They are independent, so patience is a must. Training should be done in short, positive sessions with lots of reward-based treats. Brushing a few times a week and regular baths will keep their coat looking its best.

Diet and Nutrition

Cairn Terriers should be fed a high-quality dog food appropriate for their nutritional needs, as well as fresh, clean, cool water. On average, a Cairn Terrier will consume between 1/2 and 2 1/2 cups of food each day.

Health Problems

A Cairn Terrier is generally a healthy breed, although they can be prone to some minor health issues, such as diabetes, eye problems, thyroid problems, and skin allergies. Annual vet checkups and preventive care can help identify potential health issues early.

Breed History

The Cairn Terrier is an ancient breed thought to be named after a type of stone monument in Scotland. They were bred to hunt small animals, such as rodents and rabbits, and have been popular in competitive events since the early 1900s.

Where to Buy or Adopt

There are many places to buy or adopt Cairn Terriers. Reputable breeders can be found at dog shows, through breed clubs, and on online breeder directories. Rescues and animal shelters are also a good place to look for Cairn Terriers.

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