Cairn Terrier

Other names : Cairn, Toto dog

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Life expectancy

The Cairn Terrier has a life expectancy of between 12 and 16 years




Adult size

Female Between 11 and 12 in
Male Between 11 and 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 13 and 15 lb
Male Between 13 and 15 lb
Coat colour
Red Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Cairn Terrier costs between £490 and £635

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More details about the Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier: Origins and history

A dog similar to the Cairn Terrier was bred in Scotland in the 1500s. It was used by huntsmen to track and kill game, and animals such as foxes and otters that were then classed as vermin. It was one of three small terrier types used for this purpose, the other two being the Scottish Terrier and West Highland Terrier. In 1912 the Cairn Terrier was recognised as a pedigree.

FCI classification of the Cairn Terrier

  • Group 3 - Terriers

  • Section 2 : Small sized Terriers

Training a Cairn Terrier

The Cairn’s stubbornness makes training an important part of his assimilation into the home. A Cairn that is not trained in a consistent and confident manner becomes bossy and over-confident. To train a Cairn properly yields excellent results: with some reinforcement of lessons the dog can be incredibly obedient.

Cairn Terrier: Purchase price

The price for a Cairn Terrier can vary according to its origin, gender and age. For a dog registered at the Kennel Club, they will cost approximately £635.

Concerning your average monthly budget to satisfy your Cairn Terrier’s needs, it will vary between £130 to £150.

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