Cairn Terrier Breed Information

Cairn Terrier Breed Information



Watchful, Merry, and Busy

Height: 10 inches

Weight: 14 pounds

Average life span: 13-15 years

Details About Cairn Terriers

Cairn Terriers distinctive features include a small wide head and a short-legged body that emits strength. They dawn a double coat that is harsh and wiry at the crest and fleecy below. The Cairn is a small shaggy pup with eyes radiating with intelligence.

These puppies are compact and make for great lap dogs and well built for a good frolic in the yard. They are best suited for families who want close contact with their dogs.  

Caring For A Cairn Terrier Puppy

A Cairn’s diet, just like any breed, should be appropriate for the dogs age. Some pups can be prone to overeating leading to weight issues that can affect overall health long term. It is recommended to consult your vet about your dog’s diet, and if offering human foods we recommend researching what foods are no’s for dogs. We recommend this list for human foods that are ok for dogs.

Grooming A Carin Terrier Coat

This breed overall is low maintenance when it comes to their grooming. Weekly brushings and combings are recommended, and hand stripping from time to time will help keep its texture. Combs and soft slicker brushes will make the task of grooming much simpler. If accustomed from a young age the grooming process can be a nice bonding experience for both owner and dog. Nails should regularly be trimmed to avoid discomfort.

Exercising This Happy Go Lucky Breed

The Cairn Terrier will only require moderate amounts of exercise, and they will at well to many lifestyles when allowed daily outings. Training provides a great outlet for them to burn energy, as well as help with mental health. This breed enjoys exercising both the mind and body so owner involved activities are best recommended. This breed does well in tracking, agility, and coursing ability tests. 

Training A Cairn Terrier

As with all breeds, early socialization is a great way to keep your pup-friendly understanding of what is and is not a threat. Exposing your pup to a variety of people and places within the first four months ensures they will become well-mannered adults.  Cairn Terriers are people pleasers and their intelligence level is high. So training overall should not be too difficult, and they work best with positive reinforcement.

All in all the Cairn Terrier is a very merry breed, making for a great family dog. So if you are looking for an active compact companion who can easily adapt to new places and situations. The Cairn Terrier might be just the dog for you.