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Breed: Cairn Terrier
Country of Origin: Scotland
AKC Group: Terrier
Function: Rout small animals from their lairs in stone piles
Life Span: 12-15 years
Appearance: Small
Color: Red, brindle, blackish, sand and various shades of gray
Coat Type: Shaggy
Grooming: Brush several times a week, being gentle with the soft undercoat. Once a month, bathe the dog and brush the coat while it dries. Trim around the eyes and ears with blunt- nosed scissors and clip the nails regularly.
Height: 9-13 inches
Weight: 13-18 pounds
Activity Level: High
Watch Dog: Yes
Protection: No
Intelligence: High
Trainability: Medium-high
Good With Children: Yes
Good With Pets: Ok
Good With Strangers: Ok
Character: Merry
Home Environment: Apartment ok
Best Owner: Firm
Potential Problems:  
Behavior: Destructive and/or bark excessively
Physical: Do not over feed, for it tends to gain weight easily. Treats should be limited, even though the dog may be almost irresistible when begging. Cairns tend to be allergic to fleas.
Recommendations: This breed can be a chaser and should not be left off its lead in an unsecured area. Never leave a Cairn tied out, as he may fight larger dogs to protect turf, sometimes with tragic consequences.