Although the Cairn Terrier is a
small dog, standing just 10 inches high at the shoulder, he is often
described as a "big dog trapped in a small dog's body". Like all terriers, he is an active, independent
bundle of energy. He is extremely tough,
resilient, and is not prone to injury. However, his
fierce determination and unwillingness to back away from confrontation
even if the other dog is much bigger can cause him to come to grief. It
is also the main reason behind the absolutely essential backyard fence!
The Cairn Terrier has a harsh,
weather-resistant double coat that may be any colour except white.
best known Cairn Terrier is "Toto" from the Wizard of Oz. Cairns
are people dogs who thrive
on attention and are NOT suitable for people without any time
for a dog. They are very active, inquisitive and "ready to
go" dogs. The Cairn is a great dog for the house and is very
good with children. Alert, energetic and always on the watch, Cairn
Terriers are very territorial, and will alert you to the presence of
Cairns are natural diggers who can only
be discouraged through early and firm training. However, they are
intelligent little creatures who are easily housetrained. Cairns are
curious and independent but do require attention. Without enough human
contact or proper training, they can become destructive and boredom
barkers. A daily walk on leash (your Cairn won't be able to resist chasing
squirrels or other small animals) provides the necessary exercise.