Cairn Terrier

With short legs and sturdy frames, Cairn Terriers are renowned as one of Scotland's earliest working dogs. They have weather resistant double coats with short, scruffy outercoats. Cairn Terriers are inquisitive, love to play and have a cheerful nature. Just picture Toto from the Wizard of Oz and you'll get the idea!

 

 

Other Names
Cairn
Country of Origin
Scotland
Colour
Cairn Terrier coats come in cream, rey, grey, wheaten and black with a mixture of different colours.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
This breed typically measures 23 - 33cms and weighs 6 - 8kgs.
Health
Cairn Terriers are prone to knee, eye, bone and eye issues. Prospective parents should consult breeders and discuss any hereditary stock problems.
Life Span
12 - 15 years old
Intelligence
With an independent streak, the Cairn Terrier requires a consistently firm but gentle training method.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
High
Feeding

This scruffy sidekick is relatively easy to feed although has the tendency to become overweight if proper care is not taken.

 

 

Feeding Cost
$5–$10 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Typically Terrier, this breed loves to hunt and dig - often in your garden! Plenty of play and daily walks are needed to curb their energy yet care should be taken when they are off the leash as their hunting instinct is often stronger than you may think.
Ailments
Cairn Terriers are prone to knee, eye, bone and eye issues. Prospective parents should consult breeders and discuss any hereditary stock problems.
Hair Shed
Moderate
Grooming

This pooch needs a thorough brush and comb once a week. Stripping is necessary during shedding season, which normally happens twice a year.

 

Grooming Frequency
More than once a week
Trimming
Occasional
The Cairn Terrier originates from the Highlands of Scotland in the 1500s. It was named after the “cairns” or rock dens it could squeeze into to bark at foxes and badgers until the farmer would arrive and find them. It is believed to be a mix of the Scottish Terrier, the West Highland White Terrier and the Skye Terrier. It was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1913.


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