Cairn Terrier

Breed stats

Breed group Terrier Size Small Life span Over 10 Years Exercise Up to 1 hour per day Grooming More than once a week Coat length Medium Coat sheds? Yes
This energetic little dog is playful and into everything. It was a Cairn Terrier that famously played Toto in The Wizard of Oz.

The Cairn Terrier is a hardy little dog with pricked up ears and a harsh, shaggy coat over a soft undercoat. The coat comes in every colour except white.

The Cairn Terrier hails from Scotland and derives it's name from the way it used to bark at Cairns (small mounds of stones) to alert a farmer that a fox or badger was hiding under them.

They are intelligent and good at learning tricks. Although sociable, they can be willful. They also like digging and the sound of their own voice. They normally like strangers and children but have a tendency to chase small wildlife. They are an active little dog that will enjoy a walk outdoors and even a swim but will keep busy indoors too.

The shaggy coat needs a fair amount of grooming. They are often allergic to fleas and have a tendency to gain weight.


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