The Cairn Terrier earned its name working on Scottish Farmland. It hunted vermin in rocky fields and piles of rocks are called cairns. Like most terriers they are independent, energetic, brave, smart and feisty. They are versatile little dogs that are very popular today.
Their versatility is evident in that they live on farms or in apartments and are equally happy as long as they have the opportunity to be active and occupied. Regular exercise and consistent training are very important as they are energetic little dogs that will make their own fun if they are not properly directed (this leads to potentially undesirable behavior). If properly trained and socialized they will be a good family dog and have been known to be good with children. Of course, children need to be taught how to behave around the dog, just as much as the dog needs to be trained.
They are smaller dogs standing 11-12 inches (28-31cm) and weighing about14-18 pounds (6-8kg). They have a shaggy appearance with triangular, pointed ears and a bright smile. If you saw the movie “The Wizard of Oz”, you know Toto, perhaps the best known of the breed. Most owners of this breed will tell you that their Cairn will not sit in a basket patiently for hours on end like the movie lets you think.
These are hardy dogs that will keep busy. They might sit on your lap for a short time but they will quickly find something else to do. Even though they have a thick coat and hardy disposition they are best suited to live indoors.
Walks should always be on leash as they can not resist the urge to chase cats, other dogs, squirrels, birds, etc without regard to their own safety. A daily walk is a great way to bond with your dog and give some training.
With enough exercise, good nutrition, and regular veterinary check ups, your Cairn Terrier could live 15 years.
If you would like to adopt a pet dog, please take your time, visit local breeders and shelters, and consider pet adoption from an animal recue group.
The Cairn Terrier is one of the most popular dog breeds