Male: 10; Female: 9.5 inches
any color but white; dark ears, muzzle, tail tip desired
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.
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.
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.
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.
Help reduce the number of Cairn Terrier puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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