CAIRN TERRIER

Alert, Hardy, Fearless


Breed Overview

The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds originating on the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands. Moreover, they are one of the earliest working dogs in that area. Hence, this breed became a Hollywood star in the 1940’s. The movie Wizard of Oz made the Cairn Terrier famous and Toto was Dorothy’s dog in the movie. The dog was paid $125.00 a week for her role in the movie. These hardy, fearless, shaggy-coated Terriers are smart and confident. Always ready for action, independent and a bit stubborn. They are terrific with kids and excellent watch dogs. They will chase anyone who crosses their path – cats, dogs squirrels, rabbits, you name it. Hardy and spunky, this is a fun dog to be around and very entertaining. They also make great pets for anyone who wants an alert and independent companion. Happy and cheerful, they truly enjoy their life.

For more on the breed check out the American Kennel Club.

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Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Cairn Terrier is 13-17 years.

Size & Activity Level

The Cairn Terrier will mature to between 13-18 pounds, with males being toward the heavier end. This breed is part of the Toy Group. A born Terrier, a Cairns natural instinct is to bark, dig, and chase. For this reason, training as a puppy will minimize these behaviors. Otherwise an active dog, they will need daily walks. Indoor playtime will meet most of their exercise needs. In fact, this breed can thrive happily in an apartment. A fenced in yard is highly suggested for their safety and security.

Care & Grooming

A Cairn’s shaggy, wiry coat is not difficult to maintain. Since his ancestors are from Scotland, the coat repels water and keeps him dry. Brushing the coat each week will keep him looking adorable and his coat healthy. In fact, this dog hardly sheds. Bathe when he gets stinky and clip his nails when they get long. Check with your veterinarian or breeder for food recommendations to maintain optimal health.

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