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 2022

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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 $1,162.50. 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 $1,700 upwards to $5,000 or even more for a Cairn Terrier with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Cairn Terriers sold is $600.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,162.50
Average Price: $600.00
Top Quality: $1,700.00 to $5,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 2655 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.

Most Popular Cairn Terrier Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 2655 Cairn Terrier dogs.
  • 1. Molly
  • 2. Mason
  • 3. Corbin
  • 4. Felix
  • 5. Carson
  • 6. Frankie
  • 7. Freckles
  • 8. Fiffy
  • 9. Frisky
  • 10. Sadie
  • 11. Toto
  • 12. Toby
  • 13. Beauty
  • 14. Daisy
  • 15. Mater
  • 16. Winnie
  • 17. Hampton
  • 18. Hopper
  • 19. Rascal
  • 20. Captain Jack

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We are responsible breeders of caucasian ovharka, based in Europe, Romania, city Zarnesti, at few kilometers on Bran Castle ( Dracula Castle); we are dog breeders since 2004 and our dogs show quality of caucasian ovcharka, with a focus on temperament, conformation, character and structural soundness. Our kennel, Russtil K.O. is registered and in the same time member of International Chinological Federation, so all our dogs are registered and have pedigree with 4 generations back. Also since 2019, we have a new breed in our family named cairn terrier, which is an incredible small breed, with strong personality and good character, with an incredible power to love you; they are sensible, very affectionate and in the same time independent and friendly. We can also say that they don’t like to be alone, so cairn terriers have need on a lot of attention, love, spoil, cudles. All cairns like a lot walks, also to play, are inventive, energic dogs, with other words a very big soul in a small body. Thank you for visiting and in case that you want to know more about this wonderful breed, more about us, our dogs and our puppies or if you want to have one of our puppies, we please you to stay posted and let us know, you will not regret it!

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Anonymous asked:
Why are Cairn Terrier puppy’s so hard to find??

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The Cairn Terrier is not the most popular breed of dog, but they are slowly gaining strength and popularity for hardy, family dogs. Because of this, I am noticing that there are longer wait lists for breeders. Do your research on the breeder, make sure you are getting a puppy from a responsible, reputable, and knowledgeable breeder. Do not support back yard breeders, even if it is 'easy' and 'cheap'. In the end, you are only hurting not only the puppy, but the parents of that puppy. Getting a well bred, healthy puppy from a breeder that is breeding for the right reasons is not only morally correct; but you will have support for life, and the knowledge that your puppy is going to live a long, healthy life because the breeder did their duty to the dam and sire before breeding.

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Are Cairn Terrier's cat friendly dogs?



The Cairn Terrier is just that, a Terrier. They were bred to have a high prey drive and to be rodent eradicators. If the puppy is raised with a dog-friendly cat, then the dog could do just fine. But on a whole, the breed is known for a high prey drive that would not do well with a skittish or fear-based aggressive cat.


My Cairn Terrier turned 17 on the 15th of February. She still has all of her teeth and eats like a pig !


My Cairn died last week from complications from diabetes and Cushing disease. It’s been rough we miss him terribly tomorrow would have been his 13 birthday.


I loved my terrier with all my heart he was a big part of the family always ready to go. He died Oct of this year he was 15 yr and 5 months he had seizures and other complications.

Anonymous asked:
What kind of health problems do Cairn Terriers develop?



Sadly, there is quite a large list of health problems that are genetic to the Cairn Terrier breed. However, the positive to this list is that a responsible, reputable and knowledgeable breeder will screen their dogs for these conditions and you will be able to see what their dogs results are before getting a puppy from them. The list of hereditary health problems that this breed can have are as followed, Bronchoesophageal fistula, Cataracts, Corneal dystrophy, Craniomandibular osteopathy (lion jaw), Diabetes mellitus, Entropion, Hip dysplasia, HypothyroidismKrabbe disease (globoid cell leukodystrophy), Legg-Calvé-Perthes syndrome, Lens luxation, Luxating patella, Ocular melanosis, Portosystemic shunt, Progressive retinal atrophy, Soft tissue sarcoma and Von Willebrand disease.


NOT TRUE !!! My Cairn, Sista, will be 16 years old on February 15, 2019. She has never been sick. When she was 12 years old, she developed glycomia. She doesn't see well and I put holistic drops in her eyes every morning....but she eats well and is her old WONDERFUL self. 😊


Anonymous, I agree 100% with you! My sweet Roxy Pie was 16 and a half years young when she told me she 'had enough'! Her only problem, up till the end, was a luxating knee cap which never slowed her down on our walkies! She would bounce and trounce and skip and flip and dance her way through with wild abandon! Always friendly and excited to meet and greet new friends - 2 legged, 4 legged and anything else in between. She was my mushy pup and allowed my grand babies to explore her, always gently. Saddly, conjenital heart failure beckoned her to the great, leash free, puppy park in the sky! I miss the little tickety tick of her toenails on my floors. I miss her snuggling up to me in bed. I miss sticking my nose into her beautiful coat and inhaling her scent. She NEVER smelled like 'dog'! She smelled like warm Doritos! (Add salsa and lick)! If I was feeling under the weather, she would give me the most wonderful, soothing puppy kisses! Never did figure out if she was trying to lick the 'bad' out or just plain 'loving me!' When I am over the saddness of losing my sweet Roxy Pie, my ONLY choice is another wonderful cairn!


My Cairn Terrier lived to be 18.


My Cairn lived to 16 1/2. She did lose her sight at about 14 but she lived a wonderful life. She was always happy, loyal and full of life.


Our Cairn lived 18 years and 7 months! At the end, she was losing both hearing and vision, had arthritic joints and repeated tore her ACLs, but was still spunky and sweet. She is missed.

Anonymous asked:
How much food do you feed a Cairn Terrier at 7 weeks old? What type of food and how much once or twice a day?

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A puppy that young needs to be eating 3 times a day. A puppy should be fed 3 times a day until they are about 4 - 5 months old. At that time you can slowly transition them over to 2 times a day and that will be good for them for the remainder of their life. As for food, it is best to feed your puppy the best quality puppy food you can afford. A food that is grain-free and high quality is obviously best, but is not 100% necessary unless your puppy has allergies. As long as you are feeding the best quality food you can afford for your pup, that is all that matters.

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Are Cairn Terriers good with small kids?

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The Carin Terrier is a hardy breed of dog that if raised with children does really well with them. They do have a mild to moderate prey-drive though, so socialization and supervision with small children is a must.

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Updated: 5/25/2022