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Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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The Cairnoodle, also known as the Cairn-Poo, is created by the crossing of two breeds: Cairn Terrier and Poodle. They are commonly referred to as "designer dogs", and are not as popular as many of the other crosses.
The ideal Cairnoodle is muscular, sturdy, and compact. They exhibit a hardy appearance, broad head, and large, dark eyes. Cairnoodle's are agile and high-spirited.
Friendly, affectionate, and loyal, the Cairnoodle may possess the boldness of a Terrier, the sensitivity of a Poodle, or both. They require an inordinate amount of attention and do not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. They will become destructive if bored or lonely. They do well with children, dogs, and non-canine pets they have been raised with. The Cairnoodle is alert, suspicious of strangers, and will bark to announce visitors or out of the ordinary sounds.
The coat of the Cairnoodle must be brushed several times a week to prevent matting and tangling. Bathing should be done on a regular basis using a mild shampoo. Dental hygiene is important to prevent early tooth loss. They are prone to such health issues as PRA, luxating patella, heart problems, portal shunt, and CMO.
The coat of the Cairnoodle may be very curly or slightly wavy. It is typically wispy and short all over the body. The coat is longer and more profuse on the face.
The Cairnoodle typically exhibits independence but is willing to please. They may be difficult to housetrain. The crate training method works best. The Cairnoodle is adept at learning tricks. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, reward, and consistency.
The Cairnoodle is suited for city and apartment living provided they are sufficiently exercised and mentally stimulated. They must have a variety of safe toys to keep them occupied indoors. Cairnoodle's thrive on family interaction, off-lead play time in a securely fenced yard, performing tricks, and securely leashed walks.
15-20 lbs
10-15 inches
A varying mixture of cream, red, black, and gray.
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2020

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How much do Cairnoodle puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Cairnoodle 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 Cairnoodle puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Cairnoodles sold is $850.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Cairnoodle 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 $1,200 upwards to $1,200 or even more for a Cairnoodle with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Cairnoodles sold is $500.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $850.00
Average Price: $500.00
Top Quality: $1,200.00 to $1,200.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 100 Cairnoodle puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Cairnoodle 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 Cairnoodles 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 Cairnoodle Names for 2020

We've compiled the top 13 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 100 Cairnoodle dogs.
  • 1. Maggie
  • 2. Terry
  • 3. Zipper
  • 4. Waldorf
  • 5. Tory
  • 6. Teddy
  • 7. Sadie
  • 8. Polly
  • 9. Petals
  • 10. Paris
  • 11. Harley
  • 12. Gayla
  • 13. Checkers

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Anonymous asked:
What is the suggested grooming of a Cairnoodle and how often?

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I have a Cairnoodle, I groom every other week especially the ears but other than that a good grooming once every 3 months.

Anonymous asked:
We are considering getting a Cairnoodle puppy. I was hoping someone could tell me if their prey drive is lessened in this crossbreed or not?



Both the Carin Terrier and the Poodle have a mild to high prey drive. So mixing the two breeds together will most likely do nothing to lessen the prey drive. Now every dog is different, so one pup may have a lower prey drive then another. Good socialization and training will help control a prey drive.


I have a Cairn Poodle and while she loves chasing squirrels and rabbits she is very cowardly towards animals larger than her. They are great animals, very loving, and crave attention.

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How long can a Cairnoodle spend alone? I'm a single guy and I'm interested in getting a Cairnoodle but I work and I'm out of the house from 6:30 am - 5 pm. Is a Cairnoodle able to spend this much time alone?



That is much too long for ANY dog to spend along. Unless you are able to go back home at lunch time to take the dog out to pee/for a walk, do not get a dog. If you can hire a dog walker to take the dog out to pee/for a walk in the afternoon, that will work as well.


I have had my Cairnpoo for 10 yrs. She and my other dog stay alone for about 7 to 8 hrs and do great.


My Cairn Poo spent most work hours in the kennel. This breed loves to sleep many hours a day so it was never a big problem being away.


My Cairnpoo his home inside from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. She is excellent. She does not make any messes. She gets lots of outdoor time when I am home. They are a wonderful breed. She is truly my best friend.


My Cairndoodle LOVES to chase, even down to little bugs she finds crawling around. She is completely fine being alone for 8+ hours - never had a single issue. I always leave a pre filled Kong for her. If I'm busy, she is fine with just lying around, getting up for the occasional sniff or to join. She will initiate playtime. I take her off the leash a lot and she definitely knows how to push the envelope but when she will sprint at top speed when she knows it's time to come back. Best dog I've ever had. Strangers love her. Pain to walk sometimes cause she sniffs everything and wants to say hi to every dog


I wouldn't keep my cairnpoo in a cage. I tried this when she was a puppy and left the house crying because she was crying. I suggest quarantine an area off until she/he is potty trained. My girl never chewed on anything when we were at work. I highly suggest putting in a doggy door with a small fenced area...this gives both you and your fur baby some relief and independence.


My Carinoodle has always been home while I work - sorry, it's reality. Ironically, I worked from home for a while and she seemed anxious, clingy and generally unhappy. Went back to work out of the house, gone 8-10 hours, she's back to happy again. She does love her sleep, and she's the best dog. Never had any problems. I just let her get free range of a room or my studio apt. - no crate, tried when she was a puppy and was too miserable to bear.

Anonymous asked:
I am thinking of getting a Cairnoodle. What I need to know is if they still have their hunting instinct. I live on a farm and need a dog who is adept at hunting wolf packs, rats, etc. Has anyone seen this trait alive and well in their Cairnoodle?



I have had a Cairnoodle for about two weeks. So far, in the backyard she is interested in rooting and sniffing the leaf piles, sniffing out in the bushes and around trees. She is like this on walks. She loves clumps of plants to dive into with her nose.
She has never been in an environment where she could fully explore her senses until now. But, she seems to have them coming alive more and more.
My sister has a Silky and I had a Yorkie as a kid. So far, taking into consideration her background of little to no dog stimulation until now, her instincts seem to scream terrier. But, it will take a while until all that is in full force with her. She is very sturdy and needs long walks now.


Are you seriously going to try to get a 15-pound dog to hunt down a wolf pack? Other than how ridiculous that is, yes they still have their hunting instinct. Ours used to run around the couple of acres we had hunted all of the pack rats and keeping them out of the machinery.


Cairnpoo or cairnoodle dogs are the best. I have a 12 year old female and she is the love of our life. She has never chewed on anything and hates to have her feelings hurt. She is well behaved, hardly barks, does not shed unless she is going to the vet. She loves people and our life revolves around her. I wouldn't get another breed.

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Do Cairnoodle's grow a lot of hair?

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I have a Cairnoodle and her hair is not that long. I would say that it is more mid-length but we do have to keep up with her grooming because she mattes really bad if we don't. It's nice too because she doesn't shed.

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Updated: 2/26/2020