After we started thinking more seriously about expanding our family, my husband brought up the idea of getting a pet or two. While I was completely against the concept at first, I realized that it might be helpful for our children to warm up to the idea before having another sibling. We got a dog and our kids were tasked with the job of feeding it every day and doing other tasks, and it was amazing to see how much the animal helped our family to grow. Pets can be a wonderful addition to a home, which is why I made this blog. Check out these fun pet posts.
Cairn terriers are not the most common breed in the U.S. You don't see them nearly as often as golden retrievers or Labradors. However, they can be very nice little dogs. If you see a Cairn terrier puppy up for adoption, consider these pros and cons of the breed as you make your decision.
Pro: They are sturdy and strong.
Although Cairn terriers are small — often around 20 pounds — they are not delicate lap dogs. They were bred as hunting dogs, so they are strong and sturdy. They like attention, but they will not always need to be near your side, and they don't need to be pampered like a lot of other small dogs.
Con: They do bark.
Like most small dogs, Cairn terriers are barkers. They are just trying to do their job and alert you that something is moving, which is what they would do as the hunting dogs they were bred to be. If barking bothers you, this might not be the best breed to choose.
Pro: They do not shed much.
Most people do not want a lot of dog hair all over their home, and with a Cairn terrier, this is not something you need to worry about. Their coat is more hair-like than fur-like, so they only shed a little here and there. You won't have to invest in the vacuum cleaner industry or buy lint rollers by the dozen.
Con: They are not the easiest to train.
Cairn terriers are not necessarily the best choice for brand new dog owners. They can be a little tough to train, as they tend to be stubborn. You need to be very persistent and consistent with them. Taking an obedience course together can help. If you are short on time or have zero dog training experience, you might be better off with a more easily trained breed.
Pro: They have moderate exercise needs.
Cairn terriers do need some exercise, but they are far less demanding than many other breeds. Take your dog for a walk a couple of times per week, and they should be happy. This makes Cairn terriers a good choice for apartments and smaller homes in the city.
Cairn terrier puppies are adorable and can make a lovely addition to your family. They're friendly, generally healthy, and pretty low-maintenance. Just make sure you're committed to training and that barking won't be an issue.
For more information or to adopt a Cairn terrier puppy, contact a local breeder.