About the BreedThe Cairn Terrier is an energetic, playful and loving breed that was born to hunt. They are quite independent, however, they are devoted to their family. The Cairn Terrier was bred for ratting, and so will have a propensity to dig. They also make good watchdogs, as they will bark when necessary. However, it is not uncommon for the Cairn Terrier to bark simply due to loneliness or boredom. This little breed must be dealt with in firm and consistent manner to avoid development of Small Dog Syndrome. If allow to believe they are in charge, the Cairn Terrier may develop behavioral issues such as stubbornness, guarding, growling, snapping and separation anxiety.
The Cairn Terrier is a cheerful, friendly and loyal breed that makes a fine family companion. They are known to do well and enjoy playing with children. However, they will not tolerate mistreatment and so may not be ideal for families with small children. Also, due to the Cairn Terrier's love of the hunt, they will be likely to chase small animals whether it be a nuisance in the yard or a family pet. The Cairn Terrier is often referred to as a big dog in a little dog's body. This is because the Cairn Terrier will take on a much larger dog without flinching. This often does not end well for the Cairn Terrier and so they should always be kept on a leash when not in a fenced safe environment.
The Cairn Terrier is very energetic, so it must have opportunities to run and jump and play. They should be taken on regular daily walks to exert excess energy. Let your Cairn Terrier run in the open countryside, but be sure that the dog is trained to return when you call before doing so.