Sawyer in Richmond, KY: MATCHED

Cairn terrier1.5
Posted 2 weeks agoRichmond, KY, USA

Age: 1.5
Gender: Male
Size: Small


Sawyer is a handsome Cairn terrier who was taken into animal control as a stray. The poor little guy spent five days in the shelter before Cairn Rescue USA took him under their wing. The vet guessed his age to be around one and a half.

Sawyer is nervous with new people—not surprising from being homeless for however long he was on his own before being caught by animal control. But Sawyer exhibits trust issues likely due to earlier trauma. He does not like to be picked up and will nip if he feels cornered.

Sawyer’s foster mom spoke to a behavior specialist about Sawyer and learned he might have been dropped or otherwise mishandled as a puppy. He is so fearful he had to be sedated during his vet and grooming visits. Sawyer’s house training is a work in progress; his foster mom keeps him on a leash both indoors and out to help him with that goal.

This beautiful Cairn terrier will need a calm guardian familiar with training to bring out the sweet personality he shows beneath his fear. His ideal home is one with an understanding that any thriving Cairn takes time—Sawyer just needs a little more than usual. Sawyer’s best environment should be free of small children, large dogs and cats. His guardian should ideally be home throughout the day. Sawyer’s ideal home must put an emphasis on routine. It’s a “one day at a time” situation.

Sawyer’s metamorphosis could take a while but one of the great things about Cairn terriers is their intelligence.
Sawyer does well with the five Cairns in his foster home but he doesn’t like bigger dogs or cats. He can be very loving and loves his toys. The adopter MUST have patience and not push him. Approved adopter must drive to Kentucky to pick up Sawyer.
Won’t you consider giving Sawyer an understanding, loving and patient home?


  • Vaccinated
  • Neutered

Compatible with:

  • Dogs