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Cairne Terrier

Family: terrier
Area of origin: Scotland
Original function: killing vermin
Average size of male: Ht: 10, Wt: 14
Average size of female: Ht: 9.5, Wt: 13
Other names: none

Cairn Terrier Dog Temperament

The cairn is the essence of terrier; plucky, spirited, bold, inquisitive, hardy, clever, stubborn and scrappy. He is responsive to the wishes of his people, however, and tries to please; in fact, he is surprisingly sensitive. This breed is a good house pet as long as he is given daily physical and mental exercise in a safe area. He enjoys playing with children and is tough enough to withstand some roughhousing. He can chase small animals, he loves to sniff, explore and hunt. He digs; some bark.

Cairn Terrier Dog Care

Despite his small size, the cairn needs outdoor exercise every day, either a moderate walk on leash, a fun game in the yard or an excursion in a safe area. He does best indoors. His wire coat needs combing once weekly, plus stripping of dead hair at least twice yearly.

Cairn Terrier Dog Health

Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: globoid cell leukodystrophy
Occasionally seen: vWD, Legg-Perthes, patellar luxation
Suggested tests: none
Life span: 12-15 years

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