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.