Colour: Cream, wheaten, red, grey or nearly black
Lifespan: 14 to 15 years
courageous • tenacious • sensible • confident • feisty • stubborn
Intense and inquisitive, Cairn Terriers are confident, feisty and playful. They are usually friendly to all, but quick to defend themselves if they feel threatened. Busy and active in the house, they will always be curious about what their owners are doing.
Originally bred to hunt and kill foxes, otters and weasels in rock piles (cairns) on Scottish farms.
This terrier is alert and curious, and has a hard bite.
Medium. Busy at home and outside.
owners affectionate, devoted
children good if raised with them
other pets may kill small pets, may injure cats unless raised with them
unfamiliar dogs good if socialized
Patient, fun-loving owner with tolerant neighbours who has time to play and exercise this active dog.
Tendency to bark excessively. Lack of exercise may lead to digging. May display possessiveness over toys and food.
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