10-18 lbs
Cairn Terrier

The Pugairn is a cross between the Cairn Terrier and the Pug. This small dog (average weight is between 10 and 18 pounds), is energetic and social, a mix of an active outdoor breed along with an easygoing pal. This cute hybrid is gentle and will do well with children as well as pets and the Pugairn will love to please his humans by playing and performing tricks. Descending in part from a terrier, the Pugairn may display bold behavior but not aggression and will be curious and friendly. The hybrid will be of medium to above average intelligence and is typically easy to train.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Pug and Cairn Terrier

Pugairn Health

Average Size
Male Pugairn size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 10-18 lbs
Female Pugairn size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 10-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Flea Allergy
  • Weight Gain
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Allergy Tests
  • Hip and Knee

Pugairn Breed History

The Pugairn is a relatively new hybrid, though the two breeds that make the hybrid have long histories. First seen in China during the Han dynasty, Emperors of China owned Pugs and treated them as royalty. In fact, the Pugs were often provided with their own guards. The Pug arrived in Europe with Dutch traders during the 1500’s and 1600’s, where they again became popular among royalty. Often, the breed was given a new name in each place it arrived. After the Civil War the breed arrived in the United States and earned recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1885. Notable owners of the Pug were Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette, and Prince William of Orange, who said his Pug once saved his life. Used to trap prey in rocky holes or cairns, the Cairn Terrier received its name from his role. With large front paws made for digging, the dog would squeeze himself into the cairn and bark, alerting his human and the hunter that he could finish his hunt.  In the breed’s early history it was considered to be the same as the Scottish Terrier and West Highland Terrier; only in the 1900’s did the dog begin to be bred individually. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913.

Pugairn Breed Appearance

The Pugairn is a small (usually between 10 and 18 pounds) dog who will often have fur like that of the Cairn Terrier, though it will be a little more coarse. Often, he will inherit the large round eyes and the ears of his Pug parent; his ears may have a few strands of hair present, a reflection of the Cairn Terrier’s genes. His body will usually be strong and stocky, to include a long body and short legs. The snout will usually be shorter than that of the Cairn Terrier though will lack the flatness of the Pug’s. This hybrid will typically inherit good teeth and his coat will be dependent on the traits that he inherits from his parent breeds.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Pugairn eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pugairn nose
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Pugairn coat
brown Pugairn coat
white Pugairn coat
brindle Pugairn coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Pugairn straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pugairn Breed Maintenance

The maintenance necessary for your Pugairn will depend on the coat that he inherits from his parent breeds. The Pugairn’s coat can benefit from hand-stripping in order to remove hair that is dead or that has been shed. Brushing your Pugairn daily is also helpful in order to rid his coat of dust and dirt. It is recommended that your Pugairn only be bathed when necessary as bathing too often can lead to his skin drying out. Between baths you can utilize dry shampoo in order to minimize odors from your Pugairn. As the hybrid has average to above average intelligence, training will not be too challenging. Starting when your Pugairn is young, before he develops too much independence, will make training easier.

Brushes for Pugairn
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Pugairn requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pugairn Temperament

While not much information is available about the Pugairn’s temperament, you can look at the temperament of the hybrid’s parent breeds to determine what you may see in your Pugairn. The Cairn Terrier usually is brave and loyal to his humans, willing to offer protection regardless of his size. Your Pugairn may inherit bold behavior from both parents, though this won’t be seen as aggression, but as curiousity and friendliness. Your Pugairn will inherit great instincts and energy from the Cairn Terrier and a clownish personality from the Pug. The hybrid will be kind and gentle, doing well with children and other animals. Your Pugairn will love getting and giving affection.

Pugairn Activity Requirements

While there is not a lot of information available about the activity level of the Pugairn, considering the activity requirements of the hybrid’s parent breeds will help give an idea of what to expect. While the Pug enjoying cuddling with his human, he is not lazy and will have fun running around and playing or being goofy. The Cairn Terrier is relatively active and will enjoy having a job to do. The hybrid can be expected to have a moderate level of energy and will enjoy taking walks, playing outside with his humans or other dogs and taking trips to the dog park. This cute canine will do well in any home environment as along as he has an outlet for his energy.

Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Pugairn Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Pugairn Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pugairn size stats at six months
Height: 5.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
Female Pugairn size stats at six months
Height: 4.5 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Pugairn size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Pugairn size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Pugairn size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
Female Pugairn size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs

Pugairn Owner Experiences

10 Weeks
6 People
House & Yard
High Five
Bath time
Hide & Seek
Training her to eat her food and not her brother’s food.
5 years, 2 months ago
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