All About the Cairn Terrier: DescriptionThe Cairn Terrier is a hardy, small, solid, andsporty dog, with a rough weather-resistant coatthat sheds. The Gaelic word “cairn” means a heapof stones, which is a suitable name for a terrierthat goes to ground. This breed is in many waysthe classic terrier, exhibiting the same tenacious,sassy, obstinate yet charming personality that iscommon to this group. He is intelligent, active,and affectionate. He is a long-lived dog and is notsusceptible to any major medical problems.