Cairn Terriers are small, energetic dogs that make great pets for many families. One question that often comes up is whether or not they are hypoallergenic, meaning that they don’t produce as many allergens as other breeds of dogs.
Unfortunately, Cairn Terriers are not considered hypoallergenic. They do shed their coats regularly, and while they have a hard, wiry coat that may not shed as much as some other breeds, they can still trigger allergies in sensitive individuals.
However, it’s worth noting that not all allergies are caused by pet dander. Some people may be allergic to a dog’s saliva or urine, while others may have an allergic reaction to the dust or pollen that dogs can track into the house. So, even if a particular breed is not hypoallergenic, some individuals may still be able to live comfortably with that breed.
If you or someone in your household has allergies and you’re considering adding a Cairn Terrier to your family, it’s a good idea to spend some time with the breed before making a final decision. Spend time around Cairn Terriers to see if they trigger your allergies, or talk to a breeder or rescue organization about whether they offer any sort of allergy testing.
If you already have a Cairn Terrier and are experiencing allergy symptoms, there are steps you can take to minimize your exposure to allergens. Regular grooming and bathing can help reduce shedding, and using an air purifier in your home can help remove airborne allergens. Overall, while Cairn Terriers are not hypoallergenic, they can still make great pets for the right family.