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13 Cairn Terrier Mixes

Nicole Cosgrove

Shaggy, spirited, and somewhat scrappy, the Cairn Terrier is one of the earliest Scottish dog breeds ever to exist. Downright adorable, this lively and loving pooch makes a fantastic family pet for every household. Weighing in at only seven to 10 pounds, this pint-sized pup has tons of personality and is a natural people pleaser.

When intentionally bred with other purebred dogs, Cairn Terrier hybrids can possess the best traits of each breed.

If you’re wondering what types of Cairn Terrier mixes are available, don’t fret! We’ve got you covered. Here are 13 Cairn Terrier mixes that we’re sure you’re going to love.

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Top 13 Cairn Terrier Mixes:

1. Toxirn (Cairn Terrier x Chihuahua)

A petite dog developed by breeding a Cairn Terrier with a Chihuahua, Toxirns are pocket-sized dogs with loads of spunk. Deeply devoted, this designer dog breed can develop a strong connection with her owner and is easily prone to separation anxiety. If you’re away from home for long periods of time, A Toxirn might not be the ideal dog for you.


2. Pekairn (Cairn Terrier x Pekingese)

Pekairn (Cairn Terrier x Pekingese)
Image Credit: Left – Cairn Terrier (everydoghasastory, Shutterstock); Right – Pekingese (Linda Saayman, Pixabay)

An exotic-sounding name for a truly unique pup, the Pekairn is a mix between a Cairn Terrier and a Pekingese. Fluffy and feisty, this hybrid dog has a thick, double-layered coat that makes it look twice as big as her mere 12 pounds!


3. Carkie (Cairn Terrier x Yorkshire Terrier)

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A Carkie is a cross between a Yorkie and a Cairn Terrier. A cuddly and compassionate dog, Carkies make excellent playmates for young children and other household pets. His alert and protective nature also make this hybrid toy breed an excellent protector.


4. Cairn Tzu (Cairn Terrier x Shih Tzu)

Weighing only 16 pounds or less, the Cairn Tzu is developed by breeding a Cairn Terrier with a Shih Tzu. With her two parent dog breeds having drastically different coats, the Cairn Tzu can either have long, silky fur or a short, wiry coat. This breed is prone to a number of health issues, such as breathing problems and eye tearing, because of the Shih Tzu’s short, flat muzzle.


5. Cairnoodle (Cairn Terrier x Poodle)

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A mix between a Poodle and a Cairn Terrier, the Cairnoodle is a smart and social dog. It’s the ideal breed for somebody who is looking for a loving and loyal canine companion. Easy to train, the Cairnoodle excels at obedience classes and agility courses. This hybrid dog can live to be as old as 18 years of age.


6. Cairnauzer (Cairn Terrier x Miniature Schnauzer)

The Cairnauzer is an incredibly cute crossbreed and calls the Miniature Schnauzer and the Cairn Terrier his parents. Growing to be around 20 pounds, the Cairnauzer is a natural comedian who has endless amounts of curiosity. Always ready for an adventure, this designer breed is guaranteed to melt your heart.


7. Doxie Cairn (Cairn Terrier x Dachshund)

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A calm, confident, and compact dog, the Doxie Cairn is a mix between a Cairn Terrier and a Dachshund. This dog can have the occasional streak of stubbornness, so patience and consistency are critical when training this dog.


8. Caichon (Cairn Terrier x Bichon Frise)

A Caichon is the name of a hybrid dog with one Bichon Frise parent and one Cairn Terrier parent. Often as white as snow, the Caichon needs to be regularly brushed to prevent her thick coat from tangling or matting. While somewhat of a challenge to housetrain, the Caichon is otherwise a quick learner.


9. Jacairn (Cairn Terrier x Jack Russell)

High-strung and hyper, the Jacairn is a Jack Russell and Cairn Terrier mix. This hybrid dog is best suited for active families that can provide him with tons of physical and mental stimulation. If bored, the Jacairn can resort to destructive behaviors, such as chewing and constant yapping.


10. Carillon (Cairn Terrier x Papillon)

The Carillon is a mix between a Cairn Terrier and a Papillon. Rarely weighing more than 10 pounds, this small, butterfly-eared dog is active, agile, and extremely athletic. Despite her small size, the Carillon excels on the agility course and can even put bigger breeds to shame.


11. Cairmal (Cairn Terrier x Maltese)

A true coach potato and the perfect little lap dog, the Cairmal is a designer dog that is the result of breeding a Cairn Terrier with a Maltese. Great for apartment living, the Cairmal needs moderate amounts of exercise.


12. Cairn-Pin (Cairn Terrier x Miniature Pinscher)

Image Credit: Left – Cairn Terrier (everydoghasastory, Shutterstock); Right – Miniature Pinscher (Serova_Ekaterina, Shutterstock)

The Cairn-Pin is a mix between a Cairn Terrier and a Miniature Pinscher. Extremely confident and brave, this designer dog definitely thinks he’s a lot larger than his 10-pound frame suggests. He’ll always keep a watchful eye over your home and will alert you if he thinks something is awry.


13. Cairn Corgi (Cairn Terrier x Corgi)

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A great dog for families with young kids, the Cairn Corgi is exactly what her name suggests. This lovable and low-barking dog has short, stubby legs and gigantic ears.

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Conclusion

If you’re thinking about adding a Cairn Terrier mix to your home, consider scooping up one of these cute designer dogs! With great personalities, all of these hybrid dogs would be a wonderful addition to any household.


Featured Image Credit: Jason Brubacher, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.