Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
Small Dogs

Cairn Terrier Puppies

Rachel Poli Author
Feb 15 ·
Cairn Terrier Puppies

The Cairn Terrier is a purebred dog breed that’s part of the terrier group. Initially bred in Scotland in the 1500s, this doggo was first developed for hunting. Today, they’re alert, cheerful, and busy making great family companion dogs. If you want to learn more about Cairn Terrier puppies, then keep reading.

Where to get Cairn Terrier Puppies

As with all dog breeds, you’ll be able to find this doggo at your local animal shelter or breed rescue organization. These places might have Cairn Terrier puppies, adults, seniors, or mixed breed available for adoption. 

Most of these dogs have been at these places for a long time, waiting for the right family to come along. So, it’s always best to adopt and not shop. You can get a new furry friend while providing a forever, loving home for them. Cairn…

On the other hand, if you truly want to get a puppy and know about the dog’s background, you can go through a reputable breeder. Since this doggo is purebred, the American Kennel Club recognizes this breed. So, you can begin your search for an ethical breeder at the AKC Marketplace.

You’ll be able to tell a good breeder from the rest because they’ll do the following:

  • Have the dogs and puppies live in their house as part of the family without the use the kennels (aside from crate training)
  • Health screen and genetically test the parents before breeding to ensure it’s safe and healthy to do so (then get the puppies tested)
  • Have health documents and family tree history available for you to bring home upon adoption
  • Socialize and train the puppies as early as possible
  • Ensure the puppies are up to date with all of their vaccinations

In addition, the breeder will want to meet with you in person so they can get to know you. Also, they’ll let you meet the parents and the puppies in person. Finally, they’ll be open and honest, able to answer any of your questions about anything.

So, if you come across a breeder that doesn’t do the above, then you’ll want to avoid working with them. For example, they might be a backyard breeder or a puppy mill, and they don’t breed the dogs in healthy or safe conditions. Also, they’re more interested in making a profit from the puppies rather than finding them good homes.

The Cost

The average cost for Cairn Terrier puppies is between $1,200 and $2,000. However, the price could change depending on the time of year, the breeder’s location, the breed’s popularity, the number of puppies in the litter, or more.


Cairn Terrier puppies will grow to be small dogs, with males slightly bigger than females. For example, males can grow to be about ten to 11 inches tall and weigh between 12 to 14 pounds. On the other hand, females can grow to be about nine to ten inches tall and weigh between ten to 12 pounds.

In addition, they have a wiry, medium double coat that can come in many coat colors and markings, such as:

  • Black
  • Brindle
  • Cream
  • Gray
  • Gray Brindle
  • Red
  • Silver
  • Wheaten
  • Cream Brindle
  • Black Brindle
  • Silver Brindle
  • Wheaten Brindle
  • Silver Wheaten
  • Black Points, Markings, or Mask



Cairn Terrier puppies are fun family companion dogs. For example, they’re loyal and affectionate with their family members. Also, they’re great around young children, other dogs, and meeting new people.

As with all dogs, though, they need early socialization and plenty of proper training. Otherwise, they could be wary of meeting other dogs and people. They’re a great watchdog and will bark to alert you of something or someone that’s off. Also, they love to bark anyway when they’re excited, bored, or want your attention for anything. 

However, they have moderate energy levels. They can live well in an apartment or a bigger house with a fenced-in yard.

Cairn Terrier Puppies – Veterinary Needs

As with all dogs, you’ll want to bring them to the vet at least once a year for their annual checkup. However, you can bring them to the vet a few times to ensure their growth and development are going well for their first year. Also, you can keep them up to date with their shots and boosters.

This doggo is relatively healthy, but they’re prone to a few health issues, such as:

  • Flea Allergy
  • Legg-Calves-Perthes Disease
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Wight Gain

With proper care, Cairn Terrier puppies have an average lifespan of about 12 to 15 years. 


You can provide your doggo with high-quality kibble or canned wet food from a commercial dog food brand or homemade dog food. However, make sure you get your vet’s approval and that the dog food is appropriate for their breed size, age, weight, and metabolism. 

Remember, this doggo is prone to become obese. So, you’ll also want to keep track of their daily calorie intake.


When it comes to grooming, this dog breed requires little maintenance. However, you’ll want to bring them to a professional grooming salon at least once every four to six months for a good cleaning and clipping. Otherwise, you can bathe them as needed at home.

Also, they shed a little bit so you can brush their coat at least once a week to ensure the loose hairs stay under control.

Finally, be sure to keep up with brushing their teeth, trimming their nails, and cleaning their ears regularly.

Cairn Terrier Puppies – Photos


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Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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