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Cairn Terrier


The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest terrier dog breeds and known to be one of Scotland’s earliest working dogs. These dogs are known to be hypoallergenic and have a life span of 12 to 15 years. They weigh about 7kgs and are known to be hardy, assertive and intelligent.

Adult Size

  • Small

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Little
  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Doesn’t Like Being Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Terrier Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat
  • Rough Coat


  • Black
  • Black Brindle
  • Brindle
  • Cream
  • Cream Brindle
  • Gray
  • Gray & Brindle
  • Red
  • Red Brindle
  • Silver
  • Wheaten


  • Doesn’t Really Drool
  • Drools Occasionally

Energy Level

  • Energetic
  • Highly Energetic
  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise
  • Needs Regular Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 10-13″
  • 4-9″

Full Grown Weight

  • 11-15lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed
  • Very Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog
  • Great First Dog!
  • Very Good for Your First Dog!

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Can Manage in Cold Weather
  • Thrives in Cold Weather
  • Tolerates Cold Weather Well

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Can Manage in Hot Weather
  • Does Well in Hot Weather
  • Tolerates Hot Weather Well

Good With Children?





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