Cairn Terrier

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Breed Group: 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.
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.
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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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2018

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How much do Cairn Terrier puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Cairn Terrier varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Cairn Terrier puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Cairn Terriers sold is $700.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Cairn Terrier with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,000 upwards to $5,300 or even more for a Cairn Terrier with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Cairn Terriers sold is $500.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $700.00
Average Price: $500.00
Top Quality: $1,000.00 to $5,300.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 2301 Cairn Terrier puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Cairn Terrier puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Cairn Terriers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Cairn Terrier Names for 2018

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 2301 Cairn Terrier dogs.
  • 1. Molly
  • 2. Mason
  • 3. Corbin
  • 4. Felix
  • 5. Frankie
  • 6. Freckles
  • 7. Carson
  • 8. Fiffy
  • 9. Frisky
  • 10. Beauty
  • 11. Daisy
  • 12. Mater
  • 13. Toby
  • 14. Toto
  • 15. Winnie
  • 16. Hampton
  • 17. Hopper
  • 18. Captain Jack
  • 19. Jack
  • 20. Rascal

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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:
Isn't it to young to buy a Cairn Terrier puppy at 4 weeks old? How old should a puppy be before you consider it to go home with you?

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Yes! It is way too young to get any puppy at 4 weeks old. The youngest a puppy can be before leaving his/her mother and litter mates is 8 weeks. However, for some breeds, the recommended age is 9 - 12 weeks. With the Carin Terrier, anytime between 8 - 9 weeks old is perfect. If a breeder tries to get you to take a puppy home before 8 weeks, that is the biggest of all big red flags. Run. And report the breeder to local animal control so that more puppies are not taken from their mother too soon in the future. Puppies need their mother and litter mates to learn essential behavior skills to be a well mannered dog as an adult. Taking them too soon from their mother and siblings will effect the dog negatively as an adult.

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.

Anonymous asked:
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.


Invisible fences are just that; invisible to larger stray dogs that will come onto your property and kill your cairn. Care enough to put up a real fence.


Very bad idea! Cairn prey drive is very high! An electric fence will not stop him all the time! But it will stop him from coming back they it once he's out! Then there's theft, people who steal dogs for bait dogs, larger dogs and coyotes killing your dog. Do not do it!!!

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.

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



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!


My Cairn had skin allergies or sensitivities. I managed them very well by using only good dog oatmeal shampoo and not bathing too often, only once a month or every two weeks at most. Wire haired breeds in general have dry skin. The second, maybe even more important thing was food. I stuck with Eukanuba small bite dry dog food. When I tried anything else to give her a little variety she'd start scratching. Hope this helps


We fed our Cairn Solid Gold Just a Wee Bit, it cured her skin allergies.

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Updated: 1/23/2018