Dog Breed Guide: Cairn Terrier

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A Cairn Terrier dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Cairn Terrier

Height (to base of neck): female 9.5″, males 10″

Weight:  females 13 lb, males 14 lb

Color: Any color except white, dark points are preferred.

Origin: Scotland

Coat: Double coat has wiry outer hairs and a soft undercoat.

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Short Haired Skye, Cairn

Is a Cairn Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

True to their terrier roots, the Cairn terrier is a high energy, spirited little dog.  They are very trainable , but require stimulation to prevent boredom driven behaviors such as digging and chewing.  They can be well suited to city or country living and their friendly nature makes them suitable family pets.  They are low shedders, but require regular grooming to prevent mats.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Cairn Terrier  

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Skin Allergies  $683  $3,123
 Enteritis  $501  $1,576
 Lipoma  $530  $1,695
 Gastritis  $546  $1,951

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