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
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Hi, My name is Ashpie and I just got a dog named Buddy! He brings so much joy into my life and helps me not to be so bored anymore. Buddy keeps me so busy and is a great way for me to stop thinking about food all the time and do something fun. I used to feel so lonely and bored and I think I ate just because I was bored, not because I was hungry. But now, Im too busy to eat! I get lots more exercise with Buddy.
My Dad said I could get a dog if I would take care of it and be responsable for his care. We picked up Buddy at the dog pound so he didn't cost us lots of money. We had to paid for his shots that's all. The minute I saw him, I knew he was the one. Once I held him, I knew he would be mine and I instantly named him "Buddy." He already felt like a good friend! Now, I had my very own dog and my very own responsability.
When Buddy was a pup, I had to teach him to go to the bathroom on papers and outside. He would wake me up really early by barking at the foot of my bed so I had to get up and let him outside. Then he climbed back to bed and snuggled with me. He was so warm and cozy and we both fell back fast asleep.
Now Buddy is all grown up. Here we are outside playing. I make sure Buddy goes for walks and that's a great way to make sure that I go for walks too. So, we both win! Buddy gets exercise and so do I. Because Buddy needs exercise everyday, I get good exercise too. I make sure Buddy gets lots of water when we come back from exercise, just like I do.Sometimes we walk down to Lake Alice, about 4 blocks away and go along the Lake. My Dad comes with us sometimes so I get to be with my Dad and Buddy at the same time. That is so great. Then my Dad gets exercise too!
Buddy likes to eat lots. Because he is growing he needs certain kinds of food. I learned from the veterinarian what to feed him and how much so I don't over feed him. Dogs are like people, they need the right amount of food and exercise to be healthy. This helps me to learn more about watching what I eat and to eat only when I am hungry.
Buddy does lots of tricks. Already and I've taught him how to roll over and to stop. He sometimes does it right and when he doesn't, I have to remember, he is only a pup. I give him extra hugs for rewards when he does a trick, not food. That way I don't over feed him.
Having Buddy makes me feel needed and loved. I would recommend getting a pet if you are lonely or bored. A pet can fill up your day with lots of activity and keeps you more healthy by exercising more. I feel better now that I get more exercise and I'm just happier. I don't think about loosing weight, I think about getting exercise, being more healthy and enjoying my new friend. I hope you like my story..
From michele609 Sep 28 2015 2:35PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 54 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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