The Cairn Terrier is strong, compact and has a very well proportioned silhouette. He has the physical aspect of an agile Terrier, fit for work and with a very alert gait.
Between 28 and 31 cm (11.02 to 12.20 inches) for the male
Between 26 and 30 cm (10.24 to 11.81 inches) for the female
Between 6 and 8 kg (13.23 to 17.64 pounds) for the male
Between 6 and 8 kg (13.23 to 17.64 pounds) for the female
His colour can vary between red, grey, sand, pepper and salt and almost black. Sometimes his muzzle and ears are darker, which is quite typical of the breed.
The Cairn Terrier's hair is tight, hard and very abundant. He is shaggy, straight and has a very soft, waterproof, woolly undercoat. His length is generally 6 to 7 cm (2 to 3 inches).
This small dog's large head has a well marked stop. His medium size eyes are a beautiful dark brown color. His small ears are carried upright. His nose is black. His cheerfully carried tail is short and very well proportioned but never recurved.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 3, section 2 and is #4