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Cairn Terrier - Care and Grooming

Cairn Terrier Temperament

A hardy, intelligent, and alert little dog, the Cairn Terrier is a delightful pet and companion. This is a bold and inquisitive dog, but has a very gentle disposition. The Cairn Terrier is energetic and playful and loves to get involved in activity and fun. His tendency to bark and raise the alarm makes him an effective watchdog. These dogs have plenty of spirit and get-up-and-go, and are keen, enthusiastic, eager, and intelligent. The Cairn Terrier can also have a very assertive and stubborn nature, and may be best suited to a dog owner with some level of experience in dog ownership.


The Cairn Terrier gets along well with children, especially those that are older and considerate, and will enjoy playing and joining in with family activities. He will usually get along well with other pets too, although they can be a little bossy. With other males of the same breed they can tend to be a little aggressive. With strangers the reaction can depend upon the personality of the individual Cairn Terrier, and some will be reserved whereas others will be friendly. The Cairn Terrier loves to dig, so if your garden is your pride and joy be prepared for some shocks.

Cairn Terrier Appearance

The Cairn Terrier is probably best known for its appearance in the classic blockbuster movie from the 1930s, The Wizard of Oz, where he played Toto, Dorothy's little dog. The Cairn Terrier weighs around 10-12 inches, and is about 13-16 pounds in weight. He has a small but sturdy build, and an alert and intelligent expression. The coat of the Cairn Terrier is weather resistant. The outer coat is longer and quite harsh, and these dogs also have a softer undercoat, which is quite dense. The coloring of the Cairn Terrier can vary and includes wheaten, red, gray, brindle, and charcoal gray.

Cairn Terrier Grooming

The Cairn Terrier requires a moderate amount of grooming in order to keep his coat looking good. You should brush and comb his coat on a twice weekly basis, and you can also rub down with a damp towel when necessary. He is a low shedder, but this can increase on a seasonal basis. Also, keep a check on the nails and the teeth of the Cairn Terrier. You may want to get the coat clipped every so often, and for show dogs the dead coat is stripped every few months.

Cairn Terrier Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The Cairn Terrier has a life expectancy of around 13-16 years. A number of health problems are linked to this breed, and some of these include cataracts, glaucoma, Legg-Perthes, luxating patella, blood disorders, kidney disorders, PRA, CMO, seizures, allergies, and thyroid problems. The parents of the Cairn Terrier should have OFA and CERF certificates, as well as GDC certificates.

Cairn Terrier History

The Cairn Terrier originates from Scotland, from the Western Highlands. These dogs were bred as hunters, and hunted weasels, foxes, and otters.

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