Cairn Terrier

If you’re devoid of a companion, this robust canine will fit in quite nicely. The Cairn terrier is known as the last of the terriers but it is quite a sensation. It was originally bred for its skills when it comes to hunting but they have been adapted to wonderful pets. Discover more about our Cairn Terrier puppies for sale below!

Breed History

The Cairn Terriers originally were used for trapping foxes. They were not killers or anything but they aided the farmers in their work. They were considered a breed in 1912 and in 1917 they were accepted by the American Kennel Club.


The Cairn Terrier is a playful and very friendly dog that loves meeting new people. They are very good family dogs but they are also terriers with an independent streak. They are tough and alert and will let you know when a visitor arrives. 

They are good watchdogs and love digging, barking and chasing smaller animals. They are sensitive and very devoted to family members. They will follow you everywhere and they love to be indoors playing with children.


This dog breed can live indoors and is suitable for apartment living. You could also do a fenced yard for them so they get to run around conveniently. If you have a garden, you would be better off if it was off-limits to your dog. 

Since this dog breed is more prone to be followed by fleas, you should keep your home rodent-free so the chances of this happening are slim. You should not leave them unattended in an unsecured yard as they tend to get very curious. 


This dog breed is prone to weight gain without its daily dose of exercise. So, you should make sure to take the dog on long walks or better still give him 20 to 30 minutes of vigorous playtime every day. This is necessary to keep him in good health and alert.


The Cairn Terrier has an outer and inner coat and this is quite easy to groom. Brush his coat daily and bathe him occasionally or as necessary. It is advisable not to bathe him too often as it softens the coat. Brush his teeth twice a week so that you clear all the bacteria buildup and for fresher breath. 

Cut his nails too if they are not worn down naturally. Check his ears weekly for redness or signs of infection just so you catch it early. When grooming, you should examine your Cairn Terrier closely. Look for sores and rashes and allergic reactions or anything else that might indicate a problem.

Our Cairn Terrier puppies for sale come from either USDA licensed commercial breeders or hobby breeders with no more than 5 breeding mothers. USDA licensed commercial breeders account for less than 20% of all breeders in the country. 

The unregulated breeders who are selling outside of the USDA regulations and without a license are what we consider to be “Puppy Mills.” We are committed to offering Cairn Terrier puppies who will grow up to become important members of your family. We only purchase puppies from the very best sources, and we stand behind every puppy we sell.

Contact us today to learn more about the availability of our Cairn Terrier puppies for sale. We look forward to helping you find your next family member. Our pet counselors can answer any questions you have about our Cairn Terrier puppies.


Ten Frequently Asked Questions about the Cairn Terrier

What health challenges is the Cairn Terrier prone to?

The Cairn Terrier is susceptible to the following, cataracts, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, diabetes mellitus, etc.

How often should I bathe a Cairn Terrier?

Bathing a Cairn Terrier too often will dry out the skin and cause it to break or take out all the body oils and you don’t want this. So, bathe him only when it’s necessary.

Is it easy to train a Cairn Terrier?

Yes. They were initially grown or bred for hunting purposes but they are gradually becoming pets. They will respond to positive training at a young age. 

How long can a Cairn Terrier live?

The Cairn Terrier’s average life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.

Do Cairn Terriers like to cuddle?

The Cairn Terrier is a playful and very affectionate dog breed that loves playing games with children. They even get to invent some of their own rumble and tumble games. They do love to cuddle.

Are Cairn Terriers stubborn?

They could be. Generally, they are very friendly dogs and they could be curious but they are stubborn. They, however, respond to their owners. They only need to be socialized and trained early. 

Are Cairn Terriers lap dogs?

Not in every sense of the word. They are small and can be very affectionate but they were not made to be lap dogs as they have a mind of their own and are very independent.

Why do Cairn Terriers stink?

The odor is a part of them, though in some cases, it is an indication of an infection. You could bathe your dog more often and see a vet if it persists.

How much should a Cairn Terrier weigh?

A Cairn Terrier is a small dog and as such should weigh between 6 and 8kg both for male and female.

Do Cairn Terriers get along with other dogs?

Yes, they do but in some cases, they could be scrappy. They could also get along with cats but definitely not with rodents as that is a poor choice.

This dog breed is a keeper because it is more of a family pet. You would definitely love to bond with a Cairn Terrier.