ALL ABOUT™ CAIRN TERRIER
Cairn Terrier Puppy & Breed Information
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The Cairn Terrier evolved in western Scotland and has been purposely preserved as the traditional Isle of Skye terrier. His name comes from cairns, the piles of rock used as landmarks but in which pesky vermin liked to hide.
Cairn Terrier Coat, Color, Care: Purposely kept very traditional, the Cairn has a hard, double-coat that comes in any color except white. Give him a good combing, occasional bath, and he’s good to go – and will if allowed.
Cairn Terrier Personality: The Cairn can be vocal and is an alert little alarm dog but he’s not a “barker”. He is animated and “keen” but well mannered, good with children, small animals, and other dogs. He can be as stoic or determined as his ancestors but above all, he is a people dog.
Exercise Requirements: Cairn Terriers will chase a ball but you aren’t fooling him for a minute. He needs regular outdoor exercise and a purpose in life. A fenced yard will do but the Cairn will never turn down a good varmint-hunt in the woods and vigorous exercise will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: With a 12 – 15 year life span, the Cairn is a hardy, healthy little dog but he has a few odd hereditary problems. Corneal dystrophy, PRA, and ocular melanosis (which can lead to glaucoma) are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents. Legg-Calve-Perthes and even hip dysplasia or luxating patellas can affect the Cairn Terrier but structural problems can be modified by diet and proper exercise. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.
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