Cairn Terriers are very happy and friendly small dogs, typically weighing between 10-15 pounds. The breed originated in the Highlands of Scotland as one of Scotland’s original terriers. They truly love being around others, meeting new people, and playing with children. They have a fox-like expression, strong muzzle, and erect ears.They are bright eyed, and have a slight stubborn and independent streak. Most terriers have strong instincts to chase and seize small fleeing creatures, but again Cairns are often less intense about this.
Common Health Conditions
- Portosystemic liver shunt is a congenital abnormality in which blood vessels allow blood to bypass the liver. As a result, the blood is not cleansed by the liver as it should be.
- A variety of heart defects can occur in every breed of pure-bred dogs. There is no predominant disease identified with Cairns, though a murmur due to a heart condition can occur.
- Dental disease is the most common chronic problem in pets, affecting 80% of all dogs by age two. Teeth should be brushed regularly.