Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier

Size: 6 – 7 kg (13 – 15 Ib), 25 – 30 cm (10 – 12 in)

Character: Active, Playful, Social-able

Exercise: Moderate

Grooming: Minimal and regular stripping

Lifespan: 12 – 17 years

Hypoallergenic: Yes


Cairn are active, they like to be busy and thrive. As for puppies they are lively. They will keep barking at things like falling leaf, cars, dogs or cats. However, they are excellent companion for families but they don’t go well with children who are younger age. They don’t have patience and might bite.

They need to go for walk daily, and need to be leash when running in the yard as they will not response to calls to returned home.


They are small sizes, consider as a small breed.


Cairn are stubborn when it’s comes to training. Requires a lot of patience and consistency and also to give them a lot of treats. Is best if they can be trained from young age, to let them understand who is the in charge. Otherwise, they will not listen to you.


Cairn needs to be hand stripped as they shred very little. Hand stripped can helps to remove old dead hair out by its roots, but if is not done properly it may cause discomfort to the dog causing it to get away from hand stripping in the future.


They also known as and register as West Highland White Terrier. Which means their appearance is very similar to West Highland Terrier when its fur is pure white in color. Cats ears and short legs. 

Cairn is double coated, undercoat is soft and dense and a harsh outer coat. Usually are in black, cream or wheaten, red, sandy, brindled color.