Buttons – Male Cairn Terrier Mix

By Pammy
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Nov 23rd, 2013
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACONGRATULATIONS TO BUTTONS. He was adopted last week. Buttons is an itty-bitty handful weighing only 6 lbs. This little guy was born on August 13, 2013 but shouldn’t grow very large. His beautiful tan and white wire coat suggests he had Cairn Terrier. Buttons has a very mild temperament. He loves other dogs and may be good with cats. Of course, he enjoys being held as well.

Because Buttons is just a puppy, he will need someone who has the time and patience to train him. Like any small dog, he wants to spend his time indoors but his little bladder means he’ll need frequent potty breaks. Please visit our Tips & Notices area for help.

If you’re interested in Buttons, please use the form to contact Pammy’s Second Chance Rescue today.

Read on to learn more about the Cairn Terrier courtesy of the Dog Breed Info Center.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Cairn Terrier is an alert, animated, hardy, little dog. Loyal, curious, cheerful, lovable and friendly, they enjoy playing with children. Independent, but will listen if it sees the human is stronger minded than itself. Meek and/or passive owners will find the dog to be willful. This breed can be taught to do tricks. A fearless, bold vermin hunter, Cairns like to dig. With enoughmental and physical exercise along with consistent leadership they will be calm and easy-going. Cairns adapt well to their new homes. They need firm, but not harsh, training and discipline. Without the proper leadership, the Cairn can become destructive and/or bark excessively. If they spot a rabbit or other small animal they may take off chasing it. Do not allow this little dog to develop Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behaviors where they believe they are pack leader to humans. Cairns with this syndrome will develop all types of varying degrees of behavior problems, including, but not limited to separation anxiety, stubbornness, snapping, growling and guarding.

Buttons Snapshot 2The Cairn Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. These are active little dogs that need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off-lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard

That shaggy “natural” looking coat actually takes quite a bit of maintenance and a neglected coat soon becomes a sorry, matted mess. Brush several times a week, being gentle with the soft undercoat. Once a month, bathe the dog and brush the coat while it dries. Trim around the eyes and ears with blunt-nosed scissors and clip the nails regularly. The Cairn sheds little to no hair.

Buttons Snapshot 3The Cairn Terrier originated in the 1500s, in the Highlands of Scotland and the Isle of Skye and is one of Scotland’s original terriers. At one point it was considered the same breed as the Scottish Terrier and the West Highland White Terrier up until the 1900s when the breeds began to be bred separately. The Cairn is also said to be related to the Skye TerrierThe Cairn was named for the way it would squeeze down into “cairns” and bark at fox and badgers until the farmer could arrive to kill them. “Cairns” were rock dens where badgers and fox lived, usually in piles of small stones used to mark Scottish farm borders and graves. The breed was first publicly presented in 1909 and became popular after the 1930s. It was first recognized by the AKC in 1913. It was a Cairn Terrier who played Toto in ”The Wizard of Oz.” Some of the Cairn’s talents are hunting, tracking, go-to-ground trials, watchdog, agility, competitive obedience and performing tricks.

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