Scottish in ancestry, this small, sturdy terrier is in every way a game little dog.
They are of slightly shaggy, but not unkempt, appearance, and the double waterproof coat takes very little effort to look after. This breed has a particularly expressive head set off by dark, sparkling eyes.
With small prick ears and shaggy eyebrows their expression can change from mischievousness to one of gentle devotion very quickly.
Cairn terriers tend to love people, be able swimmers and enjoy hunting. Ready for any activity, they are generally adaptable family companions.
Note: while breed profiles can be a useful introduction into typical traits, it is important to remember that temperament varies widely by individual.