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Kern Terrier: a very fun and cheerful small dog breed native to Scotland

Originally from the Isle of Skye, the Kern Terrier has won people's hearts with its sociable nature. This little dog is pure joy.

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The Kern Terrier is the perfect breed for those who like terriers in general. It is a breed of small dogs with extraordinary energy and happiness, a loyal companion that can live perfectly in a city apartment if it has the opportunity to do all the necessary daily exercises.


The Kern Terrier is small in size, with a body longer than its height and short, strong legs. The eyes are dark brown, wide set, although somewhat deep set. Ears are small, straight and pointed. The tail is short and usually curled. The Kern Terrier has two types of fur: a short, soft and dense undercoat, the outer coat is coarse, thick and water resistant.

Cairn Terrier

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The Cairn Terrier is an ancient breed of dog from Scotland, from the Isle of Skye. Since their first appearence, these dogs have been used to hunt foxes, rabbits and badgers. The breed's name, the Gaelic word "cairn", refers to the rocky caves where wild animals hid. Once the dog caught up with prey, it would bark to alert hunters.

Height: Males: 25-33 cm; Females: 23-30 cm.

Colors: Gray, cream, wheaten, red, black and tiger. It also often has dark spots on its ears and muzzle.

Life span: 12 to 15 years.

Weight: 6 to 8 kg.

Cairn Terrier

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Kern Terrier Character

Kern Terrier breed dogs have a strong temperament. They are very intelligent dogs that are always alert. They like to be close to their masters, although they sometimes show some stubbornness. Another characteristic is that they are very active, happy, fearless and playful dogs. They are full of energy and, due to their origins, love to dig in the ground and chase small prey (which is why they are not recommended for homes with pets such as rodents or rabbits). They also get along very well with children, although as with everything, it depends on the socialization the animal has received. Finally, it should be noted that this is quite a barking breed, so keep that in mind!

Kern Terrier Grooming

To keep your Kern Terrier's coat in optimal condition, you should brush it regularly and have it groomed twice a year. This is an energetic breed that needs plenty of daily exercise. In addition to appropriate walks, it is recommended that Kern Terriers participate in dog sports such as agility or flyball. They should also have plenty of toys to keep them mentally stimulated.