Species group: Terrier Group dogs
A Cairn Terrier played the part of Toto in the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz, and perhaps Toto's role sums up the Cairn's personality as well as anything else-- spunky, spirited, alert, and ready for fun. These short-legged dogs don't seem to know their own size. They're curious and ready to investigate, and they'll announce strangers-- traits that served them well when they were developed as a hunting breed in the Scottish islands.
Scotland's terriers were known simply as Scottish Terriers until 1873 when they were split into the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and the Skye Terrier. In 1909, some dog fanciers called this breed the Short-haired Skye Terrier, but this name was not accepted, and it was eventually changed to Cairn Terriers, a reference to the cairn stone piles where small mammals tried to hide from these hunting dogs.
Like all terriers, Cairns require responsible owners who will teach them who is in charge, but they are intelligent and they do respond to good training. Don't expect to toss them alone in a backyard to be a watchdog. They like to be involved with the whole family.
Appearance / health:
The Cairn Terrier is an active, working, hardy small terrier. They are strong though not heavily built. The overall shaggy appearance is similar to a fox. The skull is broad compared to the length with plenty of hair on top of the head. The strong muzzle is neither too long nor heavy. The nose is black. The eyes are set wide apart with a sunken expression, generally hazel or dark hazel in color. The ears are small, pointed, and erect. The tail is well covered with hair but is not feathered. The body is well muscled and strong.
The Cairn Terrier sheds little if groomed regularly. However, their coats require regular daily brushing to remove any dead hair and prevent a matted look. Bathing is done on a monthly basis. It is necessary for owners to check for fleas regularly. Brushing the teeth may be useful in preventing dog breath and dental problems.
Cairns require moderate levels of exercise to stay happy. Dogs can accompany their owners on short walks or a brief jog. Swimming is a good alternative for some dogs.
Cairns are prone to obesity. Hence, their diet must be monitored. Eye problems and allergies may occur in few Cairn Terriers. Luxating patella, a condition in which the kneecap slips out of its groove, is fairly common in Cairns and other small dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
Cairn Terriers are noisy, mischievous, spirited creatures that love being busy either barking, chasing animals, digging up the garden, nipping at people's feet, chewing objects, and lunging at people and animals. Their hunting instincts are strong and they are capable of killing smaller animals. Other dogs may arouse suspicion in them and they may not hesitate to lunge at them. They are courageous and loyal, making good watchdogs if trained correctly.
They have a high learning rate owing to their intelligence and curiosity. Boring, mundane training routines are bound to fail with them. They need to be motivated and kept engaged. Early socialization and obedience classes are extremely important with this breed. However, owners may find that Cairns frequently forget or purposely disobey their masters if they are determined to do something.
Some Cairn Terriers seem to bark for no reason, which possibly indicates boredom. Along with good training, owners need to keep them busy.
lovable rascals, active person, Cuddling, intelligent, social dogs, charismatic companion
extra destructive, irrational mood swings, snapping, Small Dog Syndrome, warts, tumors, terror terrier
curious hunters, double coat, love water, securely fenced yard, Fly Ball classes
Terriers can be moody, they can be hilarious, they can be your absolute best friend-and Cairn Terriers really show that. The dog we had during my childhood was rescued was used for breeding at a puppy mill and had never been outside the first four years of her life. However, she managed to bloom into a great friend fairly quickly-while she was never house trained, she managed to stay calm around us, liked to be petted, walked, and was just generally a nice dog. My grandmother had a horrible Cairn Terrier that was just straight-up nasty. Cairns are a mixed bag and you're never going to know what you're going to get. My mother had Cairn Terriers that were sweet and kind to everyone they ever met, and others that got jealous of babies, and still others that were prone to biting. They are definitely barkers, and quite stubborn. They also require their hair to be hand-pulled, so upkeep on grooming can be expensive, but otherwise they are quite healthy. If you're looking for a dog with kids that are around 5-7 or older who is going to give you lots of love a Cairn Terrier can be great. They will tend to favour one person at any given time but like to be petted and play. Overall I give this breed a 7/10, just because they can be unpredictable, but if you go through a reputable breeder they will be one of the loveliest dogs that you can ever own..
From IngridV Sep 17 2018 3:49AM
Great for certain cases of chronic vomiting
Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 161 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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