Cairn Terrier Breed Profile


Among the lovable traits of the Cairn Terrier is that they are restless, a busybody, alert, loyal, happy, mischievous, independent, sensitive, playful, patient, fearless, bold and friendly.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is good with children and families.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 12 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 13 to 18 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with Cairne Terriers include but are not limited to weight gain and flea allergies.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be done with patience on part of the owner. Shedding is minimal to none, however, brush every other day to maintain.

Best Owner Compatibility

Can be suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in during the day and lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost for owning one of these dogs is around $750+. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

If not properly trained, this breed of dog can have behaviors such as separation anxiety, growling, and snapping.

Noise Factor

The Cairne Terrier can have a tendency to announce guests when they arrive.

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