Cairn Terrier

Terrier Group

Warren and Garrett from Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue

The curious Cairn Terrier is quick to learn and ready to investigate.  Its size helps make it a great family dog with ample strength and patience to interact with children (once they “get to know” each other).  It will need a firm owner and a consistent set of rules.  A correction should be firm but not harsh.  They should be leased or confined in a safe area – they love chasing the local little furry natives.  Hypeallergenic.

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Notes for owners
Wiry.  Little shedding. Moderate Suited for apartments.  BARKS if left outside, alone.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Cairn Terrier Club of America

Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network

CTCA Rescue Lists

CTCA Breeders List



We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.