The Cairn Terrier is a little cute pet. Here is your informative A-list of Cairn Terrier. Cairn Terriers are one of the oldest Terrier dog breeds. In 1500s, they were originated in the Scottish Highlands. They were used as hunting badgers, fox or small vermin. West Highland White Terrier, Scottish Terrier and Cairn Terrier were used to be considering as same breed. They bred separately in 1900s. The Cairn Terrier was recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1913. They were excelling in agility, competitive obedience and tracking. Today, Cairn Terrier is a wonderful family dog around the world.

Facts about Cairn Terrier

  • Temperament – The Cairn Terrier is an active, alert, curious, energetic, fearless, friendly, independent, loyal and mischievous. They have natural terrier instinct and they are not a lapdog. They can get along with children. They might be aggressive towards other pets. Obedience training and proper socialization are recommended for Cairn Terrier Puppies. The Cairn Terrier seldom barks and they like to perform trick and digging. They will protect their family and they are a good watch dog. Do not leave them alone for long period as they will become destructive.
  • Appearance – The Cairn Terrier has a strong small-sized body. The body is well-muscled and the frames are well-proportioned. The Cairn Terrier has a broad head and well furnished with hair. They have a pair of medium-sized dark eyes which set wide apart. The erect ears are small and set wide apart. The muzzle is strong and the nose is black color. They have strong legs and the forelegs are straight. They can have a short or medium length tail. The Cairn Terrier has a double shaggy coat which is weather resistant.

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Cairn Terrier Breed Information

Size Small
Height 23-30 cm (male and female)
Weight 6-8 kg (male and female)
Colour Any color
Group Terrier Dog Breed
Life Span 12 – 15 years
Litter Size Average 4 – 6 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily walk is needed. Let them play around at fenced yard
Grooming Requirements Weekly brushing is needed. This dog breed is a little shedder
Environment Indoor
Barking Average
Recognition FCI, APRI, DRA, NKC, AKC, ACR, ANKC, UKC, KCGB, NZKC, CET, CKC, NAPR


The common health issue for Cairn Terrier is prone to allergies. Here is a list of cute dog names for your Cairn Terrier puppy.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may look for Cairn Terrier adoption from Cairn Terrier rescue or look for Cairn Terrier puppies for sale from Cairn Terrier breeders.

Cairn Terrier