meet theCairn Terrier


Training &Temperament

A British club devoted to the breed says Cairns are the “best little pal in the world.” They’re small enough to snuggle on the loveseat with Grandma and sturdy enough to romp on the lawn with the kids. And Dad won’t be embarrassed to be seen walking this small dog—Cairns may not be big, but they’re not foofy little lapdogs. They do best with lots of close contact with their family, and should be trained with positive reinforcement and a firm but loving touch.

  • Children


    71% agree

  • Other Pets



  • Training


    68% agree

  • Time Alone


    59% agree

Did You Know?

The Cairn Terrier originated in the Western Isles of Scotland, where, for centuries, he has been used as a working terrier, and was formerly known as the "Short-haired Skye Terrier."

One of the most popular Cairns was Toto from "The Wizard of Oz" whose real name was Terry, and he was a she.

The Cairn Terrier is alert, intelligent, active and long-lived.

The Cairn Terrier has a working background and they like to dig.

Farms with several Cairns were free of rats, mice, moles, and other burrowing animals.

There is evidence that one of the oldest-known strains of Cairn, or "Short-haired Skye Terriers," as the breed was generally known at the turn of the century, was founded by Captain Martin MacLeod of Drynock, Isle of Skye.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black Brindle 279
Brindle 057
Cream 076
Cream Brindle 255
Gray 100
Gray Brindle 107
Red 140
Red Brindle 148
Silver 176
Wheaten 224
Red Wheaten 156
Silver Brindle 303
Silver Wheaten 305
Wheaten Brindle 304


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Markings 002
Black Mask 004
Black Points 019