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Cairn Terrier


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Cairn Terriers

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Average Height & Weight

The Cairn Terrier is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 10 inches.

Weight: 14 pounds.

Females – Height: 9.5 inches.

Weight: 13 pounds.

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Cairn Terriers


Typical Coloring

Cairn Terriers can be found in any color, but most commonly found in 'blond'.





Cairn Terriers are small dogs with big personalities. They are plucky, stubborn, clever and outgoing. They do their best to please their masters and, despite their self-confidence, can be very sensitive to correction. Still, their natural instinct is to test their boundaries.




Activity Level

Cairn Terriers have a lot of energy to burn!

They must be walked or allowed to romp in a safe area daily. They enjoy going outdoors for their activity.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 15 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concern for Cairn Terriers is globoid cell leukodystrophy. Von Willebrand Disease, Legg-Perthes and patellar luxation are seen occasionally within the breed.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Cairn Terriers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Cairn Terriers


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Cairn Terriers make good family pets. They love roughhousing with children. They may bark at or be aggressive toward other dogs and household pets.





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