You know and love the Cairn Terrier, even if you don’t think you know the breed. Arguably one of the most famous on-screen dogs ever, Toto from the Wizard of Oz, was a Cairn Terrier! His plucky attitude represented the breed well.
The Cairn Terrier originated in the Highlands of Scotland. The term “Cairn” refers to the rocky dens that foxes and badgers occupied. The Cairn Terrier was able to wiggle his way into these dens, searching for predators for Scottish farmers.
Cairn Terriers make great pets. They are smart and perky, making them fantastic competitors at agility and obedience trials. True to the terrier group, they can be will some and headstrong, and may require a strong leader and obedience training. Their hunting heritage gives them instinctive drive to chase smaller animals (including cats) and dig holes in search of prey, so if a perfectly landscaped yard is your pride and joy, this breed is probably not the right choice for you!
Although they may be adept at squeezing into small spaces, Cairn Terriers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Cairn Terriers are prone to include bone diseases such as craniomandibular osteopathy; heart conditions such as mitral valve disease; skin problems such as atopy; eye issues such as cataracts; developmental problems such as cryptorchidism; and knee conditions such as patellar luxation.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Cairn Terrier inherits more than just a keen ability to squirm under the covers, you’re covered.