The Cairn Terror is a loving dog best known for playing the role of “Toto” in the classic Wizard of Oz. On average, the Cairn Terrier lives a long life of 14 to 15 years.
The Cairn Terrier originated from the Scottish highlands, specifically the Isle of Skye, in the 17th century. The Cairn Terrier descended from a rough-coated breed of working terriers that were used to chase away vermin. The Scottish Terrier and West Highland Terrier are also believed to have been descended from the same group of terriers as the Cairn Terrier.
The small Cairn Terrier weighs 13 to 14 pounds and measures 9 to 10 inches.
The Cairn Terrier’s double coat is hard and short on top and soft and furry underneath. Cairn Terriers shed very little and only need to be brushed weekly and bathed when necessary. If being shown, the Cairn Terrier’s coat should be hand stripped twice a year, otherwise the coat can be clipped to keep it looking neat. The hair around the Cairn Terrier’s eyes should also be trimmed regularly with a blunt pair of scissors to prevent any irritation.
Like all dogs, the Cairn Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Cairn Terrier is cheerful and spunky. Although small, the Cairn Terrier is full of confidence.
The Cairn Terrier is never content to sit in someone’s lap and take a nap. Cairn Terriers love to play and are very active. They are also quite friendly and welcome all people. Cairn Terriers adore children and enjoy romping around with them.
Cairn Terriers have many of the typical terrier traits; they are fearless and independent. Cairn Terriers are fine spending some time alone, but if left on their own for too long, they will act out and bark incessantly.
The Cairn Terrier is a smart dog that learns quickly but is stubborn like most terriers. Cairn Terriers need a leader they can respect or they will try and get away with just about everything. Cairn Terriers are very sensitive and should never be treated harshly. They respond best to treats and a calm, but firm demeanor.
The Cairn Terrier is very energetic and playful. This breed stays active well past their puppy years. Cairn Terriers need a daily walk and time to play either inside or outside. Without regular activity, Cairn Terriers can become destructive.