Is a Cairn Terrier the best pet dog or puppy to suit your lifestyle.

Cairn Terrier

Choosing a Cairn Terrier as your pet dog or puppy:--

General Description

Small, feisty, courageous dogs who always stands their ground without looking for trouble.

Suitable Owners

Patient, fun loving owner who likes taking long walks and enjoys keeping his dog entertained with games and exercise.


Originally bred in Scotland to hunt vermin, the ability to scramble in rocky places (cairns) gave rise to the name.
Dog Group - Kennel Club:

Terrier group

Thick, harsh coat with soft undercoat.

Medium brushing required but coat needs stripping at beginning of summer.
Average Height:

28-31 cms, 11-12 ins.
Average Weight:

6-9 kgs. 14 16 lbs.

Cream, nearly black, red grey or wheaten. 

Feisty, courageous and tenacious. Very inquisitive and confident. Good with strangers but may need to be well socialised with children and other pets.


Medium, but keep themselves busy both at home and on walks.
Average Lifespan: 

14-15 yrs.
Possible Disadvantages

Has a tendency to bark a lot. May have a problem with smaller animals due to their hunting instincts.

Potential Health Concerns

Can be prone to hip, heart and blood problems.
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