Cairn Terrier Breed Information and Photos

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Cairn TerrierBreed Description: The Cairn Terrier dog breed has a compact and strong body with a water-resistant coat and a fox-like expression. Hardy, active and game, it is an effective watch dog. The Cairn Terrier is also very affectionate and makes a good family dog.

Group: Terrier group

Purpose of Breed: Hunting badgers and rats

Country of Origin: Scotland.

Average Size: Dogs range from 10 -13 inches and 14-18 pounds. Bitches range from 9-12 inches and 13-17 pounds.

Color(s): All colors except white

Coat Type: Cairn Terriers have a weather-resistant double coat consisting of a harsh outer coat and a soft undercoat. Regular weekly brushing is required.

Grooming: This breed's coat is relatively easy to maintain. Coats should be groomed 1-2 hours per week to keep them in good form.. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, and pads. Clip nails regularly to keep them from becoming ingrown.

Exercise Needs: Cairn Terriers adapt well to apartment living so long as they receive adequate amounts of exercise and attention.

Temperament: The Cairn Terrier is a self-assured, intelligent and quick to learn. This is an alert dog breed that makes a good watchdog. Affectionate and loving, the Cairn Terrier is a wonderful and patient companion to children. This breed has an independent nature and early obedience is recommended to establish who is in charge. Consistent leadership coupled with positive reinforcement work best. Cairns will bark and misbehave if not given the proper attention and training.


Common Ailments: Susceptible to allergies, obesity, dislocating kneecaps and hereditary eye problems.

Life Expectancy: Averages 12-15 years.

Trivia: "Toto," the Cairn Terrier featured in the classic movie, "The Wizard From Oz," was not a male, but a female named "Terry."

More Information: Cairn Terrier Club of America

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July 2, 2009

Winston is a 2 year old Cairn Terrier. I got my pet at a local flea market,when he was 4 months old. He likes to chase bumblebees, play with his ball,and play with our other 3 dogs a Yorkie and 2 German Shepherds.

Winston (Cairn Terrier)


December 13, 2012

Annie was adopted when she was a puppy from

Cairn terrier in front of Christmas tree.


May 1, 2020

He was purchased as a pup. Bogart is a human trapped in a Cairn Terrier body, he is the most wonderful friend in the world, very thoughtful, he is fearless and protecting, considerate and understanding. He likes to show off that he is the boss and that he is in command. But most of all loves to be by your side and enjoys cuddles.

Bogart (Cairn Terrier) - silky haired Cairn lying down looking to his left


February 9, 2011

Toto is a 3 year old Cairn Terrier. I got Toto in March 2009 from my grandma. Someone gave him to her, but she couldn't keep him. I saw him and just had to have him!

Toto (Cairn Terrier)


January 6, 2014

I am babysitting this little beauty for a friend and her family. Alexis is a sweet, smart little girl who we are happy to have in our home.


She gets along with all the animals except for the ferret, Tinker.

Alexis and kitty on bed.


January 9, 2008

Maggie is a Cairn terrier and is 8. We got her as a puppy from a breeder. Pancho is a 1 year old tiger cat from the humane society, two weeks ago.

Maggie (Cairn Terrier)

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