Cairnoodle Dog Breed

  • Other names:
  • Poocan
  • Cairnpoo
  • Cairn Poo
Overview

Pronunciation: [ Kern•oodle ]

The Cairnoodle is a hybrid dog that comes from crossing a Cairn Terrier and a Poodle of any variety (Toy, Mini, or Standard). These seem to be part of a new wave of "designer dogs" and there is still much to learn about them. They are somewhat popular yet there do not seem to be many available. They go by a lot of names, and a few of them are Poocan, Cairnpoo, and Cairn Doodle. There is no formal standard regarding this crossbreed.

Cairnoodle Breed Details

Breed Specs
TypeLifespanHeightWeight
Hybrid12-16 yrs.9-15 in.10-18 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

The parent breeds of the Cairn Terrier Poodle mix were originally bred as hunting dogs. They tend to be fine for first-time dog owners, but they do need a lot of attention and patience. They may not be good for households with small children depending on how much of which parent breed they inherit. They may or may not be good with small, non-canine pets. Terriers, after all, tend to be ratters and have a desire to chase down very small furry pets. For older, patient people seeking a companion, these can be good dogs.

Below are some of the pros and cons regarding the Cairnoodle.

  • Pros
  • Intelligent
  • Good watchdog
  • Eager to please
  • Usually easy to train
  • Loves active lifestyles
  • Fine for small apartment living
  • Prefers to be with you all the time
  • Can be trained for lots of different kinds of work
  • Cons
  • Might be very shy
  • Can be extremely hyper
  • Long list of health problems
  • Prone to lots of skin ailments
  • Not a good guard dog although may try to be
  • If a Poodle coat, hair must be trimmed frequently

Cairnoodle Breed Description

Although the two parent breeds look very different and come from regions far from each other, most Cainroodle information sources state that they have many similarities that seem to mesh well. These dogs can be shy if there is a lot of Poodle inherited — especially if it's not a Standard Poodle used. Terriers can be fierce despite their size, and Poodles long ago were used as dogs of war.

The Cairn Terrier Poodle mix is without a doubt a sharp-minded dog. They come from parents breeds who are accustomed to learning many tasks and being adept in agility contests in dog shows. They may not be the best as guide dogs, but they are suited to lots of other types of work.

Depending on how much of which parent is dominant in your Cairnoodle, yours may be very hyper or somewhat reserved. In either case, however, they will need a lot of attention, and they won't like being left alone for very long. They are loyal, which is the upside of constantly wanting you around.

Terriers are known to be somewhat hyper, and Poodles can be a bit more reserved. It's best you have the time to walk a Cairnoodle a couple of times a day for about an hour to make sure he gets enough exercise. Of course, he'll appreciate playtime and even setting up a small obstacle and agility course in the yard!

Cairnoodle Temperament

The Cairnoodle is another of those somewhat recently conceived crossbreeds that are strangely popular even as little is known about them in the long run. The two purebred parents of this designer dog are remarkably different. As such, how much of which parent's genes are inherited will determine how bold this dog might be (the Cairn Terrier) or how sensitive (Poodle). Regardless of how outgoing or shy he may be, however, he will require a lot of attention. He'll love to play, be around you most all the time, and to share in the fun. He may not be fond of very small children, so they should be closely supervised when around a Cairn Terrier Poodle mix.

Properly trained and socialized, mature Cairnoodles can be a but of a clown. Once they are introduced to new friends and trust them, they will be somewhat extroverted and not hesitate to be the life of the party!

Cairnoodle Health

Unfortunately, the Cairnoodle is one of the newer crossbreeds of dog that benefits little from hybrid vigor. Both parent breeds have some problems. With all the common dog problems that come with injuries and old age, the list can be long. If you want to adopt one, you should be sure to get all the basic vet tests and certifications.

Here are many of the ailments that may occur in Cainroodles:

  • Bloat
  • Epilepsy
  • Portal shunt
  • Eye problems
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Skin problems
  • Liver ailments
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Heart problems
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Luxating patella
  • Krabbe disease
  • Addison's disease
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • von Willebrand's disease
  • Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO)


Cairnoodles have an average lifespan of 12 to 16 years.

  • Addison's Disease
  • Bloat
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Problems
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Krabbe Disease
  • Legg-perthes Disease
  • Liver Issues
  • Luxating Patella
  • Portosystemic Liver Shunt
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Skin Infections
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
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Cairnoodle Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Cairnoodle as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Designer Canine Registry