All About Cairn Terriers
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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.
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.
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.
- The double coats of the Cairn Terriers are weather-resistant and hard, with harsh outercoats and a soft, furry undercoat.
- They are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed, needing combed once per week and getting dead hair removed once or twice per year.
- They are short-legged but strong and have small, erect ears.
12 to 15 years
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.
Cairn Terriers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.
Cairn Terriers make good family pets. They love roughhousing with children. They may bark at or be aggressive toward other dogs and household pets.
- One of the most famous dogs of all time, Dorothy's dog Toto in the movie The Wizard of Oz, was a Cairn Terrier. That dog, whose real name was Terry, was actually a she.
- Cairn Terriers trace their origins to the Western Isles of Scotland. In the 15th century, they worked as hunting dogs there, chasing down foxes, otters and badgers. "Cairns" are the rock dens where some of those animals lived.
- The motto of the British Cairn Terrier breeding club sweetly describes this canine as "the best little pal in the world."