Those of you who remember 'Toto' from the Oscar winning movie 'The Wizard of Oz', would be able to recall how wonderfully she portrayed her character. Being a Cairn Terrier, she displayed all the typical traits of one―energetic, sensible, and confident. Cairn Terriers can make great companions if they are trained properly and subjected to proper care.
Cairn Terriers originated from the western highlands of Scotland and Isle of Skye. They were bred for their working abilities rather than their cute looks. Being quick chasers, powerful hunters, and efficient diggers, they were bred for hunting weasels and otters, and digging out vermin from rock piles.
Cairn puppies appear to be sturdy and cute at the same time. They have short ears, eyes that are set wide apart, a solid muzzle, and large, strong teeth. Their coat is long, shaggy, and weather resistant. They have large paws and a short, but wide head. Their appearance is enhanced by a straight tail and prick ears. They also change colors as they grow and therefore, it is difficult to predict what colored coat they will sport as adults.
Nature and Behavior
Cairn Terrier pups are curious, quick learners, and hence, training them is relatively easy. They jell around well with children owing to their active, affectionate, and playful nature. Obedience training is a necessity, as they are stubborn and have the tendency to establish dominance over their owners. Their nature also has a sensitive edge to it. If found guilty, gentle punishment would suffice. Since they have the tendency to dig and chase, you shouldn't let them off the leash when outdoors. Once the puppies form a bond with their owners, they grow to love and obey them, and―more importantly―enjoy their company.
Food, Grooming, and Care
They should be given a healthy and balanced diet to promote good health. However, they should not be overfed, as they can easily become overweight, which, in turn, can lead to many other health hazards. They need to be groomed regularly to maintain a healthy coat and hygiene. They are low shedders, so combing or brushing is required only on a weekly basis. Their ears should be kept clean to prevent any sort of infection. Exercise in the form of brisk walks or any other activity is essential for their well-being. They have a life expectancy of around 13 - 15 years. Young Cairn Terriers demand a lot of care and affection from their owners. They prefer to be around family and spend as much time as possible with them.
You can either adopt a Cairn Terrier puppy from a rescue center or get one from a well-known dog breeder. Irrespective of which of these options you choose, it is essential to do a little bit of research about the breed before bringing it home.
Cairn Terrier can be delightful, lively companions. Bring one home if you need of someone to brighten up your life!