This bold breed is very intelligent, independent but loves to be the center of attention. The Cairn Terrier is a high energy breed and may have tendencies of digging in the yard if not properly trained. They are fearless and will attach much larger dogs if they feel threatened. Although this breed can be snippy they are still great family dogs.
The Cairn Terriers outer coat is straight, rough and wiry. Their under coat is very fine and soft.
Their colors can be red, cream, wheaten gray, brindle and black.
Brushing 3 – 5 times weekly will help prevent matting on the finer under coat. Minimal bathing is needed to avoid irritation of the ears & eyes. Continue to trim their hairs in those areas.
The Cairn Terrier life expectancy is between 12 - 16 years. Some health issues the Cairn Terrier may be prone to are:
• Luxating Patella
• Hereditary Eye Disease
• Leg Calf Perthes Disease
• Skin Allergies
The Cairn Terrier originated in Scotland as a ratting dog in the 1500’s. They were used to hunt foxes, rats & others. The Cairns ancestry can be linked with the West Highland Terrier, Skye Terrier & Scottish Terriers. The Cairn Terrier was first registered with the AKC in 1913 and grouped as Terrier.