Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier


The Cairn Terrier is a small terrier that was originally developed to be a working dog on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. He was an incredible vermin exterminator and nowadays he still has the same courage, intelligence and tenacity. The average height of a Cairn Terrier is 9 inches to 10 inches weighing about 13 to 15 pounds. They have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.


The Cairn Terrier is a very alert and active dog breed and like most of the terriers he can be sometimes bossy, fearless and feisty. He is a highly intelligent dog which sometimes can be a bit mischievous. He makes a great family companion dog as well as a great therapy dog. Like many other dog breeds the Cairn Terrier loves all the energy demanding activities like fly-ball, Frisbee, running, swimming and many others. If he is left alone more than a few hours a day he can become bored and might become very loud and destructive. The Cairn Terrier is a great watchdog because he is very reserved with strangers and will always let you know when a stranger is approaching your property. He is known to behave well when children are around but very small children should always be well supervised when they encounter any type of dog breed because they might have the tendency to tease and no dog will accept that. Obedience training and early socialization are very important in case you want a well behaved and obedient dog.

Cairn Terrier Training:

Cairn Terrier is a very intelligent dog breed. They can learn new commands very quickly which makes them quite easy to train. Usually they enjoy any type of activity so training will not be a problem for them. In fact it can be something that they will really enjoy.

Cairn Terrier Shedding:

Shedding should not concern you at all if you plan to buy this type of dog breed. In fact you will never find a hair in your house because the Cairn Terrier is not a type of dog breed that sheds hair.

Cairn Terrier Grooming:

The Cairn Terrier, like many other dog breeds, need daily exercise. Don’t worry, those needs can be met quite easy with simple walks or playing some fun games. His coat needs to be shaped two or three months and proper brushing should be done every now and then.

Cairn Terrier History:

The Cairn Terrier was developed 200 years ago on the Isle of Skye in Scotland by captain Martin MacLeod. All terrier type dog breeds in Scotland were originally classified as Scotch Terriers until the year 1873 when a new system was implemented and they were separated into two classes: the Skye Terriers and the Dandie Dinmont Terriers.

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