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The Cairn Terrier Dog Breed And Some Great Facts You Should Know

Jun 17, 2008
The Cairn Terrier is can be kept in an apartment or home. She can get enough exercise if she is walked regularly but a properly fenced in enclosure is ideal. She likes to bark and dig so beware of your neighbors and landscaping. She needs to be kept on a lead when walking because she may take off on the chase.

Good With Children?

Loves to play with older children but needs supervision.. As a reminder, never leave young children unsupervised with a dog or puppy.

Good With Other Pets?

May fight other dogs. Bred to kill vermin. Will kill cats and other small pets.

Trainability

Very high. They can be trained to do tricks.

Approximate Adult Size

The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Cairn Terrier is 10 to 13 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 14 to 18 pounds. The female ranges from 9 to 12 inches to the withers and 13 to 17 pounds.

Special Health Considerations

Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Cairn Terrier is no exception. Be on the look out for dislocated knees, skin allergies especially due to fleas, eye diseases, Von Willebrands disease (a problem with blood clotting), and progressive neurological disorders.

This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

Grooming

The Cairn Terrier has a weather resistant hard outer coat with a close, furry soft inner coat. She sheds little but should be brushed regularly. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her. Bathe monthly.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.

Life Span

The Cairn Terrier can live between 12 and 15 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

History

Believed to be from the Western Highlands of Scotland or the island of Skye, the Cairn Terrier is probably a cross between the black and tan terrier and white terrier. Toto from the Wizard of Oz is perhaps the best known of the breed. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1913.
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For more facts and info on the cairn terrier or a full list of dog breeds take a look at this Dog Behaviour website.
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