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Cairn Terrier Puppy And Dog Information

Aug 17, 2007
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.

Some Registries:
*Cairn Terrier Club of America
*UKC United Kennel Club
*NKC National Kennel Club
*CKC Continental Kennel Club
*APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.
*AKC American Kennel Club
*FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale
*NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club
*KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
*ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
*ACR = American Canine Registry

Litter Size: 3 to 5 Cairn Terrier puppies

Category: Terrier

Terms To Describe: Active, hardy, happy, upbeat, feisty, busy

*SPECIAL GOOD POINTS
Good watch dog.

*SPECIAL BAD POINTS
Poor guard dog.
Can tend to bark, she is VERY vocal.
May tend to get fat.
Can become destructive without attention.

*Other Names Known By: Short-haired Skye Terrier

*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.
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