The Cairn Terrier is a popular family dog with a medium length harsh coat. It belongs to the terrier group.
The Cairn Terrier can be traced back over 500 years. It first appeared in the show ring in 1909 in the UK.
The Cairn Terrier was used originally bred to hunt foxes, otters and vermin. Today, this popular breed of dog is kept simply as a companion pet.
The Cairn Terrier is an energetic, enthusiastic, friendly little dog with a confident attitude. It is a dog that loves the company of people, and children too. It is generally sociable and friendly with other dogs. Socialisation and training should be introduced from an early age. Care should be taken around cats, and contact with other smaller pets in the family should be avoided.
The breed comes in many colours which include:
Height bitch 28-31cms
Height dog 28-31cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 6-7.5kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 6-7.5kgs
The Cairn Terrier is a lively and energetic dog that requires an hour of exercise off the lead daily. It’s a small dog, making it practical and adaptable to most living spaces. The Cairn Terrier can happily live in a city or apartment as long as it receives the adequate amount of exercise and stimulation.
Yes. The Cairn Terrier is fairly easy to train. It is a small dog, making it an ideal choice for families with limited living space.
New owners should also be aware of the grooming costs involved for this particular breed.
Medium.The Cairn Terrier has a harsh coat. The featherings on the face, legs and abdomedn can grow very long, without regular trimming and grooming.
The Cairn Terrier requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove mud, twigs, tangles and matts.. The coat requires professional hand stripping by a professional dog groomer 2-3 times per year. Clipping and cutting the harsh outer coat will harm the coarse coat, ans should be avoided. Expect to pay from £30 upwards for a full grooming session for your Cairn Terrier.
Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.
No. This breed sheds so is an unsuitable choice for allergy sufferers.
The Cairn Terrier is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded in the breed and consult their breeder:
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy Cairn Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-17 years.
Expect to pay around £400-£500 for a pedigree Cairn Terrier puppy. Litters are normally available. 835 Cairn Terrier puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 2-10 puppies in an average litter.
A bitch or dog 7kgs requires 150gms of complete dry food daily. The weekly cost of feeding a 7kgs bitch or dog is around £3.50
Our figures are based on feeding an above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the terrier group.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: