Cairn Terrier / Miniature Schnauzer Mix

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Other name(s): Carnauzer

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes. 

The first generation Carnauzer is a cross between a pure Cairn Terrier and a pure Miniature Schnauzer, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This so-called designer hybrid is intended to create an apartment-sized toy that fits easily into many families.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, the Carnauzer tends to be a smallish dog with a square head and, often, the Miniature Schnauzer's body.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, owners report that a well-socialized Carnauzer is a playful dog who enjoys long walks and toys. Some individuals can be stubborn, so know how to provide positive reinforcement to encourage positive behaviors.