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Cairn Terrier Dog Breed Quick Facts

Is a Cairn Terrier the right dog you you?

1. The exact origins of the Cairn terrier is not known. Some researchers believe this terrier originated from the crossbreeding of Skye Terriers and Scottish Terriers with Pomeranians and even dachshunds.

2. Cairn Terrier were bred to hunt vermin from the rock piles (called cairns) found on Scottish farms.

3. The Cairn Terrier is a strong and sturdy breed with a dense, weatherproof, wiry coat and large jaws and teeth. It has triangular ears and fox like expression. This dog is playful, energetic and intelligent making it an ideal family pet.

4. The Cairn Terriers are known as one of the more outgoing dogs among other terriers. They are alert, intelligent, independent, and courageous. The Cairn Terrier was bred to hunt small game, so they are fearless when it comes to going after animals larger than themselves. They have a VERY strong prey drive.

5. In AKC dog running competitions, the average speed of a Cairn terrier was 17.8 mph while the AKC record for the fasteset Cairn was 23.62 mph.

6. The Cairn Terrier is generally a healthy breed, but a few health problems have been seen in the breed such as Bladder Stones, Krabbe disease and Craniomandibular Osteopathy, which is abnormal bone growth in the dogs jaw area.


7. The Cairn Terrier is an intelligent, loving and lively small dog. It has a compact body with short legs well-suited for digging holes in the garden to chase rodents out of their burrows or to find that perfect spot for a nap. Cairn Terriers tend to have high energy levels. You will have holes in the yard!

8. The Cairn terrier ranks 35 out of 130 dog breeds in intelligence. They tend to learn new commands in 15 to 25 repetitions.

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9. The Cairn Terriers front paws are more padded and slightly larger than the back paws. This genetic development helped them dig through the rock piles on Scottish farms.

10. Cairn terrier owners ranked their breed 95 out of 124 dog breeds for easiness to train. Because they are intelligent and can be somewhat indepdendent and stubborn – they can be a challenge to train!

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