Yes indeed, the picture I posted is a Cairn terrier. And yes, they are
cute as can be, especially as puppies.
Cairn terriers make great pets if you enjoy an energetic, independent
dog that needs lots of busy interaction, but doesn?t favor lap
sitting. These little guys (and gals) know what they want and go after
it with vigor. As an owner you have to be on your toes to keep them
out of trouble. They?re smart and eager to learn. Great for teaching
tricks to. But, if they get bored, look out!
These are not the kinds of dogs you can leave all day cooped up in an
apartment while everyone goes off to work. Their large teeth (as
compared to many miniature breeds which have tiny teeth), large feet,
and extra-strong nails (for digging) will make short work of your
carpet, kitchen floor, or front door. If you do have to leave the dog
for several hours at a time, crate training is strongly recommended.
They also aren?t the kind of dog you can leave out in the backyard all
day. Besides the risk of them digging out of the yard or getting hurt
by larger dogs, their social development will suffer if they don?t
spend time with their human family. They are truly people-pets!
Cairn terriers have a natural affinity for children (probably because
they share the same energetic exuberance!). If your son is old
enough, he will certainly be able to help burn some of your Cairn?s
extra energy by taking it for walks and playing with him in a fenced
yard. I stress the word ?fenced.? Cairns naturally chase small animals
(it?s what they were bred for) so squirrels, cats, and other small
critters make an irresistible target. No matter how well-trained the
dog, it can?t help but bolt after anything it sees.
Final word of caution ? if you do decide to get a Cairn, do not buy it
from a pet store. Find a reputable breeder near you or a Cairn rescue
organization. (See below)
Here?s some more information about Cairn Terriers that will help you
decide whether or not it is the breed for you and your family.
CAIRN TERRIER CLUB OF AMERICA: Meet the Cairn terrier
CAIRN TERRIER CLUB OF AMERICA: Find a Breeder
AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB: Cairn terrier
Thanks for your question. I?m glad we were able to find the dog you
were looking for.