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
Good for combatting certain types of bacteria
Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 1258 days ago
When dealing with any fear, aggressive or otherwise, distance is your friend. Find out how far the dog needs to be away from the subject of their fear and work from there.
I recently worked with a dog who is fearful of people and dogs on walks outside of his home. My mentor trainer and I took him to a field along the beach. Oso, the dog, watched people pass by and was rewarded when he brought his attention back to mom.
Many times, dogs learn to bark because it makes the scary thing go away. You want to show them that the scary thing will leave without barking. If the dog does begin to bark, move him away and treat when he focuses on you.
Desensitizing a dog that is afraid can be a long process. The older the dog or the more bad association the dog has with the stimuli only makes it worse. Be patient and remember distance is your friend..
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