Cairnoodle: Cairn Terrier Poodle Mix

Cairnoodle: Cairn Terrier Poodle Mix

Height: 10-15 inches
Weight: 13-20 pounds
Lifespan: 12-16 years
Colors: White, cream, brown, gray, black
Suitable for: Urban families, seniors, singles and those looking for a hypoallergenic dog
Temperament: Loyal, affectionate, intelligent, and easy to train

The Cairnoodle is a crossbreed between the Poodle and the Cairn Terrier. It was purposefully bred to inherit the best traits of its parent breeds.

The Poodle is an old dog breed. There are ancient Egyptian and Roman illustrations of dogs that look like the Poodle. The modern version has its origins in Germany, but during the 15th century, a few Poodles found their way into France, where they were bred into the standard, miniature, and toy varieties that are well known today.

The Cairn Terrier, on the other hand, can be traced back to Scotland. It was bred in the 1900s from the Scottish Terrier. This ancestor dates back to the Roman Empire. In 55 B.C., the Romans identified and recorded small, agile hunter dogs who often went to ground in pursuit of their prey.

The Romans named these dogs Terrarii, which translates to “workers of the earth.” The Terrier dogs thrived in Scotland and England.

What is a Cairnoodle?

Also known as the Cairndoodle, Cairnpoo, Cairnpoodle, and Poocan, the Cairnoodle makes a fantastic family pet. Ideal for most pet owners, these small dogs are active but don’t require a lot of exercise, and they are also highly affectionate and enjoy spending their time around the people they love.

If you are hoping to introduce a new dog into your family, the adorable Cairnoodle might be the right choice, but keep reading to learn more about this interesting breed to be sure you make the best decision.

The Cairnoodle is a cross between a purebred Cairn Terrier and Poodle.

The Cairnoodle is a designer crossbreed from the United States.


The Cairnoodle is a cross between a purebred Cairn Terrier and Poodle.

How easy are Cairnoodle to train?

Even though the Cairnoodle is known for having an independent nature, this breed is easy to train, as it is willing to please. Your dog will listen to you and obey your commands, and when he is being trained, he will need less repetition compared to other dog breeds.

Cairnoodles also enjoy performing to amuse people, so in addition to general obedience training, you can also train your pooch to do funny tricks.

It should be noted, however, that these dogs can be a bit hard to house train. A crate training method should help, and starting early will yield the best results.

No matter what, always use positive reinforcement training that includes plenty of praise and rewards that will motivate your dog. At the same time, you want to be firm, patient, and consistent while establishing yourself as the pack leader.

Diet and Nutrition

You can feed your Cairnoodle anywhere from ¾ cup to 1½ cups of a high quality canine dry food every day. Split this amount into two or more meals. You can also incorporate some canned dog food into your pet’s diet, but adjust the dry food accordingly so that your dog doesn’t overeat and gain too much weight as a result.

Even though the Cairnoodle is known for having an independent nature, this breed is easy to train, as it is willing to please.


A small-sized breed, the Cairnoodle weighs between 13 and 20 pounds.


How healthy are Cairnoodle?


Bloat is a condition common to both parents, and it’s the result of the stomach filling with air and putting pressure on the other organs. It can also cause the stomach to twist, trapping blood inside. If the dog doesn’t get treated immediately, it can lead to a life-threatening situation. Symptoms of bloat include an enlarged abdomen, drooling, and restlessness.


Glaucoma is a condition that causes pressure to build up behind the lens of the eye due to poor drainage, allowing fluid to build up. The poodle parent is genetically predisposed to this condition, so you will need to watch for it in your pet as well. Symptoms include excessive blinking, a receding eyeball, signs of vision loss, redness, and loss of appetite. If you think your dog might have glaucoma, it’s important to immediately take it to the vet to get medication to relieve pressure. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to permanent blindness.


Hypothyroidism is a condition that affects the thyroid gland in your pet’s neck. The thyroid gland controls your dog’s metabolic rate and can cause weight changes and other problems in every dog breed. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include hair loss on the tail and rear legs, flakey skin, muscle loss, and weight gain. Treatment usually includes medication, and the condition is generally not life-threatening if you catch it early.

Addison’s Disease

Addison’s disease is a condition that affects your dog’s adrenal glands and stops them from producing the required hormones. These hormones are responsible for regulating the body’s organs and systems. Symptoms include loss of appetite, degrading body condition, and inability to respond appropriately to stress. Your dog may also experience vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody stools. There is no cure for Addison’s, and in some cases, your dog might require hospitalization. Early detection can provide the best chance your dog will lead a long and happy life.

How would you describe the temperament of Cairnoodle?

If you are in search of a little dog that will be devoted, loving, and social, look no further than the adorable Cairnoodle. These dogs are a combination of the sensitive Poodle and the bold Cairn Terrier, so they enjoy attention and should not be ignored. Leaving your dog alone for extended periods of time could result in loneliness and boredom that leads to destructive behaviors.

These dogs make great family pets because they get along with kids, other dogs, and other pets, especially when raised alongside them. And these alert pooches will work on protecting and watching over their family, barking to alert you to strangers or strange noises.

Cairnoodle (Cairn Terrier & Poodle Mix)
Cairnoodle (Cairn Terrier & Poodle Mix)

How active are Cairnoodle?

The Cairnoodle is known for being slightly active. A variety of fun dog toys can be used to keep your dog happy and occupied while playing indoors, and a couple of short walks each day will also provide him with the exercise that he needs.

Both physical and mental stimulation, along with plenty of interaction with family, are necessary to keep the Cairnoodle happy. He will do well living in a house or an apartment, and this breed does not require a backyard.

Cairnoodles also enjoy performing to amuse people.

How long will Cairnoodle live?

The Cairnoodle has an average lifespan of 12 to 16 years.

Recognized Clubs

The Cairnoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).

Cairnoodle | Dog Breed Facts and Information
Cairnoodle | Dog Breed Facts and Information


Cairnoodles are small dogs as adults, so puppies will be tiny and delicate. Teach your kids to handle these dogs with care so that they won’t get hurt.

It is also a good idea to socialize and start training your puppy as early on as possible. This will ensure your dog grows up to be a confident and happy pooch who is comfortable around a variety of pets and people.


A Cairnoodle’s coat will be curly, wispy, and short. A moderate grooming routine will be necessary, so regular brushing sessions should become a part of your routine. The good news is that this is a low shedding dog, but his coat can become tangled, so brushing will keep the fur healthy and smooth.

Avoid bathing your dog too often, but use a gentle canine shampoo to clean your pet when he gets too dirty.

Cairnoodle Dog Breed Information and Pictures
Cairnoodle Dog Breed Information and Pictures

Related Questions

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Yes, the Cairnoodle gets along well with other dog breeds and will even befriend cats if they allow it. However, it will likely chase after any rodent pets you have, so it may not be the best choice if you own mice, ferrets, or even rabbits.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Yes, the Cairnoodle is great to have around children due to its high energy level. It can help keep family members entertained for several hours with its clowning and desire to keep your attention. It will let you know if there is an intruder, but it makes new friends quickly, so it’s a great choice if you frequently have guests. It’s adaptable to different environments and is just as happy in an apartment as a large home.

What’s the Price of Cairnoodle Puppies?

You should set aside $600 – $900 for your Cainoodle puppy. However, the Poodle parent breed can get quite expensive, and you may need to pay more depending on availability. You will also most likely need to get your dog spayed or neutered and will need to pay for regular vet visits to keep your dog healthy. You will also need to purchase food, treats, toys, and plenty of accessories to keep your pet healthy and happy, which can cost quite a bit over time.

Final Thoughts

The Cairnoodle makes a great family pet that gets along well with humans and other pets and can make new friends quickly. It doesn’t bark much and won’t leave a lot of hair around your home. It enjoys playing and running but may dig a few holes in the yard if left unattended. However, if you have a problem with moles, this breed will be extremely helpful. It’s usually not that expensive unless there is a high demand for poodles, and it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.

We hope you have enjoyed our look into this mixed breed and found the answers you needed. If we convinced you to get one as a pet, please share this review of the Cairnoodle on Facebook and Twitter.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.