Cairn Terrier
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10-12 inches
High
Medium
12-15 Years
Hard outercoat, soft undercoat
Low
Great Britain
Cream, wheaten, red, gray
Medium-High
Bold, alert, intelligent and gentle
13-16 pounds
Very High
Terry, the dog who played Toto in the 1939
screen adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, was
a Cairn Terrier.
Appearance

The Cairn Terrier has a weather-resistant outer coat that can be cream, wheaten, red,
sandy, gray, or brindled in any of these colors. It is not uncommon for a brindled Cairn
to become progressively more black or silver as it ages. The Cairn is double-coated,
with a soft, dense undercoat and a harsh outer coat. A well-groomed Cairn has a
rough-and-ready appearance, free of artifice or exaggeration.

Temperament

Cairn Terriers are intelligent, strong, and loyal. Like most terriers, they are stubborn and
strong-willed, and love to dig after real or imagined prey. Cairn Terriers have a strong
prey instinct and will need comprehensive training. However, they are highly intelligent
and, although very willful, can be trained.

History

The Cairn Terrier is a breed of dog of the terrier category. It is one of the oldest terriers,
originating in the Scottish Highlands and recognised as one of Scotland's earliest
working dogs, used for hunting burrowing prey among the cairns.