The Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier
The Cairn Terrier
Courage, Heart, and Intellect


This adaptable breed—at home either in the city or on rural acreage—has courage and heart and, though a small package at just 13 to 14 pounds, is game for anything! The Cairn’s personality is sensible, alert, cheerful, and confident but not belligerent. Because they were originally kept to hunt in packs, Cairns are not scrappy towards other dogs, and they enjoy children. The breed does carry an independent streak, however, and training them not to chase squirrels or anything else that runs away will be a Herculean task.

With his perky upright ears, bright eyes, and shaggy facial hair, the Cairn is said to have a foxy expression. They sport a low-maintenance double coat (long and harsh on the outside, soft and fluffy underneath) that can be any colour except white. Members of this breed are hardy and long-lived (14 to 15 years), suffering few health complications.

A sturdy physique and can-do attitude make the Cairn a willing participant in almost any activity, from formal agility or obedience trials to hiking in or lunching with friends at the local sidewalk bistro.

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