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Cairn Terrier

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This breed is the smallest of the Terriers. They were originally bred in the Scottish Highlands for their working ability, not their appearance. The Cairn Terrier is built sturdy and strong, but not built heavily.
The Cairn Terrier is intelligent, tenacious, and courageous. They are lively and bossy, very clever and independent. The Cairn Terrier is quick to give chase and quick to bark at every new sight and sound. This breed is intense and active.

Does your Cairn Terrier bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
This breed is spirited and restless, always seeking an adventure. They are friendly and affectionate, bold and fearless. The Cairn Terrier loves to play and adores stimulation. They are loyal and alert and have a mischievous nature. The Cairn Terrier has a special affinity for children over the age of six.
The Cairn Terrier must be brushed several times a week. The hair around the eyes and ears must be kept trimmed. Special attention must be given to not over feed, as they tend to gain weight quite easily. The Cairn Terrier, while the smallest of the Terriers, also has the most health issues of the Terriers. They are especially allergic to fleas. The Cairn Terrier is not suited for living outdoors and much prefers to be inside with their family.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The Cairn Terrier is double coated with a coarse outer coat and soft, short furry undercoat. Their coat has a shaggy appearance that does not require trimming and is weather resistant. They shed little to no hair.
The Cairn Terrier is inquisitive and quick to learn. They are sensitive, so they require firm, not harsh, training and discipline. They like to learn tricks, and thrive in obedience training. Without training and attention, the Cairn Terrier will become bored and destructive. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Cairn Terrier puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The Cairn Terrier is purely high energy. They benefit from daily brisk walks, but are more suited for a fenced yard with room to run. This breed is not suited for apartment or condo living. They require supervision when they are outside as their natural instinct to hunt and dig can lead them into danger. The Cairn Terrier has excellent ball playing talents and would happily do so for hours. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 14; Female: 13 lbs
Male: 10; Female: 9.5 inches
any color but white; dark ears, muzzle, tail tip desired
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Member Since: March 2008
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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We give our dogs hands on attention and affection daily. We intend to remain relatively small and produce healthy, loving and playful puppies. Our kennel is located in the middle of the Ozarks far from the hustle and bustle of the city. We find this environment peaceful, conducive and more in touch with nature.

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Anonymous asked:
We love Cairns. On our third, Scamp, with the last two living until 16 years of age. Scamp is now 9 years old. We are looking for a young Carin Terrier and don't wish to have a puppy but would like to find one that is around 8 months to 2 years old. Rescue sites have proven to be ineffective as too many looking for too few dogs. Distance is not as important as the right dog. Any thoughts? Many thanks

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You can contact breeders and ask if they have any older pups, returned pups or dogs that didn't end up show quality in the end. You should also look into breed-specific rescues as they will be in contact with anyone needing to find a home for just a Cairn Terrier.

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I am interested in getting a male Cairn Terrier puppy. Our back yard would be better suited with a Invisible fence. Does anyone have experience with this breed with an invisible fence?



Invisible fencing does work, but only if you train the dog right with it. Contact your local positive reinforcement trainer to get their advice as to how to train your pup with the invisible fence.


Thanks for your reply. As long as the training is reasonable and the outcome is expected to be positive I do not feel this to be a challenge. I will need to find a 'Positive Reinforcement Trainer' if and when I do purchase a Cairn. I am trying to learn about the bread as all my past has only been with full-size rough Collies. Which I love. However, do to my health and space I need to have a smaller breed (which will need to utilize an invisible fence). I have heard this bread will take the zap if they see an animal outside their area. Then once out the cannot get back in without taking a second zap. Can anyone confirm this or not, or tell me if the training to utilize an invisible fence is productive?


Cairns are not a good dog for an electric fence. Cairns bark at bigger dogs, and then there is no fence to protect them from the bigger dogs. Another reason, Cairns are willing to take the zap to chase vermin.


I had my perfect Cairn "Archie" behind invisible fences at three of my homes over the years. I taught him as a puppy without issue regarding the boundaries of the invisible fences. Once he knew about the first fence he figured out all of the others and never went through it ever. He got toned or buzzed a few times. I never even thought about him going through the fence when I was gone. He and my other dogs had a great time playing outside whenever they wanted to for as long as they wanted to. He had a blissful life. I miss him terribly.

Anonymous asked:
My 8 yr old Cairn Terrier growl and initial barks sound raspy, like a sore throat? He is a "talker" He has always been a "talker" and even purrs when being petted. But his raspy throat sounds have me worried.



Just like people, dog's can get sore throats or hoarse when they 'talk' too much. But if you are worried, take your Cairn Terrier in to see his normal vet and he/she should be able to put your mind at ease.


Our Gretta had a raspy throat until the day she died. She was almost 14. We loved her so much and I would give anything to hear her little bark again.

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Why is my Cairn Terrier so irritated and scratching all the time?

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There are many things that could be wrong from flea's to dry skin. It's time for a vet visit. You can also use 'Head and Shoulder's' shampoo on your dog. Just like with humans, dogs can have dry/itchy skin and Head and Shoulder's shampoo does wonder's. Just a dab will do it!

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I have a ten-year-old Cairn Terrier we moved from FL to Vermont. I hoped his skin would improve in the cooler climate, but now I have him on an anti allergy food with no wheat, he also takes fish oil capsules, and I've started using a striping knife on him, but his skin on his upper legs and other areas seem really dry he's also itching all the time.



Believe it or not, simple Head and Shoulder's shampoo that is made for humans is GREAT for dogs with dry/itchy skin. Just a dab with do!


The best thing to fight off allergies in carin's is grain free food + treats, + nothing with oatmeal in it. After 5 yrs of my dog SUFFERING w/ skin problems + steroids I called one of the best vets in the country, she told me all this + she saved my dogs life!!! In 8 wks she was a perfect normal dog w/ all her hair grown back ! Its a great true story :-)

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