Cairn Terrier

X-Small Size

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

The Cairn is a lean, mean digging machine! Taking its name from the rocky outcrops of the highland moors where it would hunt and dig out the vermin, the Cairn's front paws are bigger than its back paws. Centuries later from when it was first developed, the pet Cairn's digging exploits are still legendary!

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

A terrier enthusiast, who digs determined diggers and likes the Wizard of Oz.

Not the best for ...

Keen gardeners. Cairns will need a dedicated area where they can dig to their paws' content – otherwise, your lawn and prize begonias will be in peril!

Aliases

Cairn

Cross between

None

Origin

United Kingdom

Size

X-Small
Small enough to carry when needed

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.

Coat

Spikey
If not hand stripped will go fluffy. If you don't pluck their fur in the old fashioned way they transform from spikey to soft.

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

14 years

Good first dog?

Maybe

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