Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier


The Cairn terrier a Scottish highlander dog known for hunting and chasing quarry. It is an active-playful kind of a breed that needs a daily walk in a open area preferably a fenced lawn or a yard.

Lifetime Care

Breed Profile


9 – 13



10 – 16


Life Span

12 – 17





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What is it?:

It is the same as found in humans and refer to opacity in the lens of the eye. They are usually caused by genetics but can also occur after a certain age due to some diseases. They can also lead to blindness

Clinical signs

  • Confusion or clumsiness, especially in new settings

  • A change of color to the pupil, usually from black to a blue-white or cream-white color

  • A reluctance to jump onto furniture or into the car

  • Redness to the white of the eye, or around the eyelids

  • Rubbing at and scratching the eyes

  • Squinting or repeated blinking


Treatment may require surgery. Regular prescribed eye drops may be needed in some cases if one is trying to avoid surgery.

Average vet bill for Cataracts


Reimbursement Rate

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


Your Net payment


*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.


Luxating Patellas

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What is it?:

Patellar luxation is a condition where the kneecap (patella) slips out of the groove in which it normally rides up and down. It could be slipped medially, which is towards the opposite leg, as opposed to laterally, which would be away from the dog.

Clinical signs

Skipping or hoping for a few strides while running and kicking the leg frequently to put the kneecap back in place.


If it is a mild condition of luxating patellas, common arthritis medicine would work. But, if the problem is severe then a re-alignment surgery would be needed

Average vet bill for Luxating Patellas


Reimbursement Rate

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


Your Net payment


*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.


Bold and Fearless

Despite its smaller stature, cairns given their hunting history are known for attacking small animals like cats and sometimes even larger dogs


Cairns are not the ones sitting around in one place. They are quite active and love to wander around, play games and be involved in activities like digging


Your cairn would love to play with your children and show them new tricks. It has a friendly personality so don’t worry while having a house party or a family get together

Lifetime Care


Cairn terriers have a special double coat. A harsh weather-resistant outer coat of fur coupled with a soft undercoat


You can find a cairn in black, cream, wheaten, brindle, grey, red amongst other colors




A basic coat care which includes brushing a couple of times a week with a good pin brush would suffice


Cairns are genetically hunters which bring in a sense of independence in them. So, although very active, they may not be very easy to train

Known as a working dog, the Cairn terrier finds its origin in the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Originally, they were used by farmers to keep their land vermin free and the bold, fearless, courageous nature of the cairns just fit into the job description

Cairn Terrier Dog: Introduction to the Breed

Thinking of adding a member to your family in the form of a dog? It becomes very necessary as a pet parent to first research about the pet thoroughly before adopting as every dog has its own characteristics, needs and costs. Here are a few things you need to know about the Cairn Terrier breed.

Carin Terrier Dogs are generally:

  • Sensible and independent

  • Family and children friendly

  • Aggressive and fearless

  • Weather adaptive

  • Diggers and barkers

Cairns are best suited for –

  • First time dog owners

  • Active pet parents who like to spend a lot of time with their pet

  • Families with kids and/or other pets

What should your Cairn terrier dog eat?

As a human hunter would require a well nourished diet in order to support the energy level requirements, so does a Cairn terrier. The ideal frequency would be twice a day and the calorie requirements are about 450-550 per day. The ideal diet for them should be

  • High in protein (25% in daily diet)

  • Low in carbohydrates

  • Moderate in fats

The food list can include

What should your Cairn terrier dog NOT eat?

The items not to include in its diet include

Things to watch-out before deciding to own a Cairn terrier

Although this breed scores highly on a human-friendliness matric there might be some pointers that you might want to check-out before bringing it home to your family

  • They can be very bossy around other pets. So, don’t be surprised if you take him for a walk and there are barks at every passing dog

  • Given their hunting nature, they will chase anything that moves

  • They can be stubborn. So, it demands that you show that you are in charge at regular intervals

  • They are very possessive of their food and toys

  • They can’t be left alone in the house for a long time. If you are looking for a silent passive dog, a cairn terrier is not for you. They do not enjoy being left alone and require constant attention


Dream of getting yourself a lion’s cub as a pet? A cairn terrier can very well fulfill the dream of yours. Playful, affectionate, friendly and at the same time fearless and raging like a boss is all a package included in a cairn terrier. A wonderful companion for you and your kids if they like to be very active and play around all day.