The Cairnoodle is a mixed breed developed from a Cairn Terrier and Miniature Poodle and so it has an appearance that includes features of both breeds. The coat, which is either wavy or very curly, is short and wispy all over the body. More fur tends to exist on the face and somewhat obscures the deep features. The head is round or long. The nose and eyes are large and dark. The ears can be set wide apart and long short and triangular. The body is compact, but somewhat muscular. The chest is more deep than broad. The tail hangs low.


The Cairnoodle canтАЩt help but to love attention since it is developed from the Cairn Terrier and Miniature Poodle, two breeds that demand attention. Owners of this breed must be prepared to spend a lot of time playing and spending time with it. It can exhibit independence, but probably not to a defiant level since it generally does not want to disappoint its owner. Friendly, happy, and playful, the breed is excellent with children, other household pets, and welcomed guests. Types that are left alone, either indoors or outdoors , require a significant amount of attention to keep them from becoming discontent with their environment.

Height and Weight

Height: 10-15 inchesWeight: 13-20 pounds

Health Problems

The Cairnoodle is a cross between a Cairn Terrier and Miniature Poodle. The breed has an increased risk of developing progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) since both the Cairno Terrier and Miniature Poodle are associated with this condition. The Cairnoodle may also develop heart and eye problems, hypothyroidism, luxated patellae, Craniomandibular (CMO), and portal shunt.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Cairnoodle should adapt easily to either living inside an apartment or larger residence, as well as a yard. The main concern with its environment is the amount of attention it receives. It will probably not fair well if it is placed outdoors and only occasionally receives attention from family members.


As a dog developed from two medium-energy breeds, the Cairnoodle requires daily exercise. Indoor types require more exercise than those that are kept outdoors since they are more likely to become inactive. It will enjoy a short walk or a long jog.

Life Expectancy

An average of 12-16 years

Litter Size

An average of 3-8 puppies


The coat of the Cairnoodle is somewhat high maintenance. At the very minimum the coat should be brushed several times each week. The coat also requires regular washing. The nails have the potential of growing long and should be clipped regularly. It is a good idea to check and clean the ears and teeth at the same time the nails are clipped.


The first mixing of a Cairn Terrier with a Miniature Poodle to produce a Cairnoodle is unknown.


The Cairnoodle is not a recognized breed.


The coat of the Cairnoodle is likely a mixture of black, red, gray, and cream.