Joy of the Moor

Joy of the Moor kennel specializes in producing healthy, happy terriers for loving, responsible owners. Our focus is to raise exceptional puppies that will bring plenty of joy and unconditional love into the lives of their owners. Our puppies are raised at our home where they receive plenty of love, attention and gentle handling from the time they are born to the time they become your new best friend!


The Cairn Terrier is an affectionate dog and eager to learn. It is lively, intelligent, and playful.



Though the Cairn is small, he's not much for pampered life. He is likely to wriggle out of laps or long hugs. He prefers to explore and play lively games, and can be equally happy in the city or on the farm. Ultimately, the Cairn deeply desires to be a part of his beloved family, even if he does seem independent at times.

This breed is very energetic, so it must have opportunities to run and jump and play. Let it run in the open countryside, but be sure that the dog is trained to return when you call before doing so.

The Cairn Terrier is a spirited, hardy, restless little busybody - a big dog in a small dog's body. Alert, loyal, merry, lovable and mischievous. They are somewhat independent, but friendly. Females tend to be more independent than males and some breeders feel that males are more affectionate. They are very curious, fearless and bold.


The cairn terrier coat is double-layered, consisting of a topcoat that is hard and abundant and a soft, short undercoat. Regular grooming with a brush and comb is required. Dead hair should be plucked by hand biannually. Cairn terriers come in any color but white, mostly dark ears or/and muzzle, the tail tip desired. Adult coat color is hard to predict from the puppy coat as the color often continues to change for several years.


The Cairn Terrier has a compact body, about 14 inches from the forechest to back of the hindquarters. It is short with good bone structure. The head is broad with bushy topknot and eyebrows and black nose.


 It has a powerful but not heavy muzzle, a scissors bite and a wide, robust skull. The dark hazel eyes are deep set. The ears are small, pointy and erect.


The short hairy tail is carried gaily. Faults to avoid are missing teeth, pinkish nose, white on the chest or feet and soft or curly body coat.