Updated on 05/27/2021 by Sadie

If there’s one thing the Cairnoodle knows how to do, it is how to make you feel incredibly loved! These pups are perfect for families or single-person households that would like to add a furry little friend to their homes. They are affectionate and loving and are guaranteed to make wonderful pets. Also known as a Poocan, these pups don’t require a lot of exercise and adjust well to apartment living. Their friendly nature also makes them great dogs to have if you have children or other pets. A cross between a Poodle and a Cairn Terrier, this little guy is all set to become your new best friend forever!


Origin & History of Cairnoodles

The only thing that can be said for sure about Cairnoodle’s past is that it originated in the United States. These pups may have existed in nature long before any intentional efforts to bring the Cairn Terrier and the Poodle began, and no breeder has come forward with the claim of having crossed the two breeds together for the first time. Chances are, these pups came onto the scene sometime in the 1980s since that is when Doodle popularity truly took off.

Personality and Temperament

This pup makes an absolutely wonderful family pet thanks to its friendly nature and its ability to get along well with children. The Cairnoodle is an incredibly devoted dog and loves to love its owners! This pup loves spending time with its human pack and may develop separation anxiety issues if left alone for too long. They require attention and love, and if they feel there is a lack of it, they may become overly anxious or depressed. The Cairnoodle is also a rather alert dog and will be quick to let you know with a bark or two if they spot something suspicious. This makes them great watchdogs, although they may not offer much when it comes to protection. Early socialization is important to ensure your pup grows up to have a well-rounded personality. If you want to get a fair idea of the kind of dog your puppy will grow up to be, try spending time around the Cairn Terrier or Poodle parent. Their personalities are usually good indicators of the temperament your pup will grow up to have.

Cairnoodle Size

On average, the Cairnoodle can grow up to be anywhere between 10 to 15 inches tall and weigh about 13 to 20 pounds. There aren’t any standard sizes for this breed, resulting in quite a bit of variation.

Cairnoodle Health

Generally speaking, the Cairnoodle is a pretty healthy pup, owing mainly to the hybrid vigor that most first-generation mixed breed pups possess. However, the true guarantee of a healthy dog is healthy parents, so be sure to get health clearances of both parent pooches from the breeder. Also, stay vigilant and do not get puppies from breeders that cross dogs that are younger than 2 years of age since that is when most genetic illnesses develop. Schedule regular veterinary visits so that you can rest assured that your Cairnoodle is in the best of health. Some issues that your dog may suffer from include bloat, epilepsy, eye issues, hip dysplasia, liver disease, and skin issues.


Cairnoodle Care and Training

The Cairnoodle isn’t exactly the most active pup around, but that does not mean that they don’t require daily exercise. While the physical stimulation may be low-intensity, such as a short walk or a fun game of fetch, it is nonetheless incredibly important. If the Cairnoodle is forced to sit with all that pent-up energy, they may become destructive. This is also a very smart dog, which means it needs to stay mentally engaged, so it is a good idea to provide some toys and trinkets to your pooch. When it comes to training, these dogs are a delight. They are quick to pick up commands and desired behaviors despite their independent nature. However, potty training may be a little difficult.


Speak to your veterinarian to assess your Cairnoodle’s nutritional needs and design a meal plan accordingly. Your pup’s needs will vary as they age, so make changes when necessary. Do not free-feed as this may lead to issues such as bloat and unnecessary weight gain.

Coat Color, Types, Shedding

Cairnoodles are low-shedding dogs with short and curly coat.

Cairnoodle Grooming

Cairnoodles have coats that can easily get tangled, so be sure to brush their coats regularly to keep them free from any knots or matted fur. It isn’t a good idea to bathe your pooch too often since the regular interaction with soap and water may dry out their skin and cause irritation. Brush your dog’s teeth regularly to avoid any dental issues.

Deciding on a Cairnoodle

The Cairnoodle is a right fit for you if:

  • You want a watchdog
  • You want a pup with moderate exercise needs
  • You want a family-friendly dog

The Cairnoodle is not a right fit for you if:

  • You want a dog that is easy to housetrain
  • You want a dog that can be kept outdoors
  • You want a guard dog

Getting a Cairnoodle

How Much is a Cairnoodle Puppy?

A Cairnoodle puppy can cost anywhere between $600 to $900.

Cairnoodle Breeders

Rescue and Adoption

Here is a list of rescue organizations that shelter Cairnoodles (among other breeds):

3515 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549
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