Clifford the little Cairn – Adoption Pending

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Posted 1 month agoLafayette, CO, USA

Age: 1
Gender: Male
Size: Small



Clifford is quite possibly the cutest Cairn youngster you will ever meet.  He turned one year old this St. Paddy’s Day, according to records, and weighs 15 lbs. Clifford was one of three Cairns that have been surrendered to our rescue group from a breeder who found herself with too many dogs.

Despite the fact that he was basically a “kennel dog” for the first 12 months of his life, Clifford is sweet and snuggly and is basking in all the attention he gets at his foster home.  For the first time in his life he’s learning what it is to be a beloved pet vs. a commodity.   He loves the other young Cairn in his foster home and has been very receptive to all people who show him attention and offer to provide belly rubs.

Clifford’s foster mom describes his “sweetness” as his #1 attribute. He’s come a long way in just under three weeks. He’s now 95% house broken.  Like many wee pups, which he is emotionally, he will have a slip-up but very rarely. “I am so proud of this little man,” says foster mom. “He has learned so much so quickly with attention, affection, consistency and stability.”

The foster mom continues with a mid-March update: Clifford is on a schedule. He eats, plays, sleeps and potties pretty much on schedule.  As he matures and becomes closer in age emotionally as he is chronologically, he will be more flexible in his routine.  We are working on going “potty” on command.  He may be almost there!  I’m still using the belly band in the house only because he gets so excited playing that he will occasionally slip and and pee, but it’s rare.  The heavy wet driving snow did play havoc on his schedule yesterday but he seems right back on track today.

Toys are becoming way more interesting and he will initiate a game with a toy and Murray. This was a real milestone at this house.  We are used to a dog that wants to play and catch toys for hours every night.  The first time Clifford joined it was quite the celebration.

Clifford’s crate training is going super well.  He also has a gate area off the kitchen that allows him more area to spread out, chew a bone, nap on his mat.  We use the crate religiously when we are out of the house and at night.  He will be fussy if he cannot see people.  If he has people in the space his crate is in, he will settle right in and sleep.  Lights out is his clue to settle in for the night.  He always is given a treat when he goes in his crate.   We have only left him for a couple hours at most in the crate when we go out. He has been consistently dry when we get him out, and we immediately take him outside to relieve himself.

Walks are a big deal to Clifford.  He really enjoys a stroll.  He remains really beautiful on a lead, does not pull or jerk.  He is still somewhat leery of big dogs, but really well with dogs of his size or smaller. Clifford would be a super great companion for someone.

Clifford requires a TERRIER-EXPERIENCED home that can offer him a fenced yard…frequent walksm another low-key, like-sized dog….and a “mostly at home” owner.  Younger, active retirees who like to spend time outdoors could be a good fit.   A single person who works from home might also be a good match.   A home with older, responsible children (7 and up) that have had previous terrier experience might also be considered. Clifford is up-to-date on all his vaccinations and is neutered.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the adopting family, once approved, to travel within an hour or two of the Colorado foster home which is located in Lafayette CO.


  • Easy To Groom
  • Vaccinated
  • Neutered
  • Friendly Toward Strangers
  • Requires high level of exercise
  • Fenced Yard

Compatible with:

  • Dogs


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