Cairn Terrier
Strong and sensible, the Cairn Terrier is extremely friendly--and utterly irresistible.
Height: 9 to 10 inches at shoulder
Weight: 13 to 14 pounds
Coat: medium-length and wiry
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Breed Group: Terriers
The Cairn Terrier is a small working terrier developed on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Farmers used him to rid their property of vermin, and they needed a dog with courage, tenacity, and intelligence--characteristics still found in today's Cairn. He is a sensible, independent, and friendly dog who excels as a family companion.
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General Characteristics
Apartment appropriate
Cold tolerance
Dog friendly
Ease of training
Potential for weight gain
Watchdog ability
Easy to groom
Energy level
General health