Pros/Cons of owning a Cairn
Posted 03 August 2006 - 05:25 AM
What are the pros and cons of owning a Cairn Terrier? I've done research on other breeds, but don't know a lot about this breed. Thanks!
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 05:51 AM
However, when it's all said and done, I would get this exact same dog again. She loves all dogs and people, we have met so many people in our neighborhood because of her, and when we walk, she has regular stops because of all of her friends. She is the happiest dog I have ever come across. She's smart. She loves us unconditionally, and we love her. We get to share belly rubs, and hugs, and licks. She loves playing with her toys, and fetch. We get to take long, wonderful walks together. Once she was potty trained, she stayed trained-we haven't had an accident in over a month, and she just turned six months old. It's not easy, Cairns are independent little dogs, but I think they're the best!
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 07:21 AM
I have heard they are very good with children. This is one of the key things I need. That's good to hear from people that own them that they are good with kids.
Posted 03 August 2006 - 07:42 AM
OK, here we go! I'll start with Con's so we can end on a positive note!
1. Extremely high energy
3. Nippy (but that's all puppies, really)
4. Bark at everything and nothing
5. Kind of agressive, but that could just be Barney!
6. Temperment can be a challenge—a whole different ball game than any other breed.
1. High energy means high fun!!
2. Cairns are scrappy, hearty dogs and are great if you like to hike or be outdoors. A big dog in a little package!
3. Cairns are INCREDIBLY intelligent and learn FAST!
4. Cairns are happy, playful, energetic
5. Because they are so smart, they are fascinating to get to know
6. If you get a Cairn, you will find yourself laughing out loud, which is better than Prozac any day!
When I first got Barney, I had a lot of regrets, only because I didn't understand where he was coming from. He was stubborn, ornery and a brat. But as he found his place in our home (at the bottom of the ladder!) he changed quite a bit and got better. And as he gets older he will mellow even more!
This breed is a challenge, but if you're up for it, it is totally worth it!!!!
Posted 03 August 2006 - 07:44 AM
Be aware though, that people tend to focus on the problems they are having at the moment and that doesn't begin to capture the overall experience.
If you like joie de vivre in your dog, a Cairn might be right. As others have said, they are supremely "alive" and vital, even when they are napping, if that makes any sense. They are problem solvers (which for some owners is a problem in itself). In my view a Cairn MUST be an active, central part of the family. If you aren't willing to include the dog as a core part of family life, particularly AFTER the cute puppy year is over, another breed might be better.
Posted 03 August 2006 - 07:56 AM
They can be destructive chewers and diggers. So if you have a perfect house and yard they might not be for you.
In the training classes you often are separated for the other dogs because Terriers can be loud and unruly if untrained. Well Cairns can be unruly and loud even if they are trained
They destroy toys that say indestructible
They are expensive.
Pros - if you take care of the coat they don't shed,
They are sturdy,
They like to run jump and have fun,
Mine really love people,
Because they are small they are easy to take places,
Mine love laughing children
Smart, smart smart
Independent so you don't have to entertain them all the time but you should always know what they are doing.
They have beautiful teeth and when they are active and having fun they look like they are smiling
They come in all colors and the colors change as they get older
The females tend to be bossy and run the house
The males tend to laid back
Few health problems (if you do your homework and get one from a good breeder)
Mine like agility, frisbee, and earth dog (hunting for prey) but I don't think I will every be able to do the obedience competition but some people do.
I grew up with a German Sheppard and after I got married we had a wonderful Irish Setter (I still miss him), we had a Springer spaniel and a wolf, all of these dogs stayed outside and were great pets. After my sons went off to school I wanted to get a dog for me that could be inside with low maintenance, high energy. I think Cairns are a big dog in a compact sturdy package, very independent but still loving, smart and manipulative of their owners, and the most wonderful breed in the world!
There is so much more just some thoughts, remember when and if you decide you want a Cairn don't rush do your homework, they will be worth waiting for!
Posted 03 August 2006 - 08:38 AM
All of your responses are very helpful in helping me determine whether this breed is right for us.
I have been researching different breeds (and breeders) for about a year now. It's been a long process. I actually hadn't even considered the Cairn until my husband starting talking to a guy he works with that had one. His friend had to put their older Cairn down and they recently got another Cairn. So, that's kind of how we got introduced to the breed. I have been researching other terriers, too. That was where the majority of our research has been.
The earliest we could possibly bring one home is June 2007, so time isn't an issue. I've got time and will take as much time as we need to find the right dog. I'm super committed to finding the right breeder, breeder and eventually, the right puppy for our family.
That's good to know about the training. I hadn't thought of that, but I'm totally up to the challenge.
Posted 03 August 2006 - 08:50 AM
Let me start off with this quote from a Cairn Terrier book I bought years ago with my first two Cairns: "I will not be ignored." I guess that pretty well sums up a Cairn's outlook on life in general. As stated b/4, they are a wonderful breed of dog, for some people but not for everyone. It takes a special person to be owned by a terrier of any kind, but I think especially a Cairn. I'm not just saying that because I have a Cairn but because it takes the patience of Job while training the puppy. Just look at some past (and probably some present) posts from folks who are pulling their hair out trying to potty train their pup. A Cairn puppy needs to know you are the dominant one. They will test your patience to the limit. But after that same puppy "gets it", they are trained for life. Do you know anyone personally that has a Cairn? If so, spend some time around their Cairn. Are you getting your pup from a breeder? If so, ask all kinds of questions of him/her about the breed. Find out for sure that this is the breed for you. I don't mean to sound negative towards the breed, I've had two previous Cairns and now have another one and I would never want another kind but a Cairn. Just make sure you eyes are open as you go into this if you do decide a Cairn is right for you.
If you can make it through puppyhood, you've got yourself a great little dog. Some are lap dogs, some are more independent and don't want the cuddling. As stated before, they are stubborn, smart, feisty, lovable to an extent they want to be loved on, and just an all around great dog. As I've said, I had two before and they lived to be 141/2 and 13. I knew when they passed I only wanted to have a Cairn in my life again. We also have a mixed JR/Scottie but we're talking Cairns here so that's my focus of this message. I wish you good luck with whatever you decide and if you do decide on a Cairn, please let us know and give us details like name, age, male/female, etc. We love pictures too.
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 10:15 AM
My husband and I did a lot of research before deciding on this breed and I don’t regret it for a moment. Our dogs are smart, sweet, loving and really fun to play with…not to mention sooo cute! We don’t have diggers and they haven’t destroyed anything in our house (yet!). They love other animals. The housetraining has been a little tricky but that is as much our fault as theirs. We haven’t been as diligent as we should be. Grace is a little standoffish but I find that endearing. Lily’s a barker but she’s just letting everybody know she’s there. I am trying really hard to think of a con but I can’t! I never have been a dog person until we got them…now I am so in love with these dogs I can’t imagine what I did without them. I think you will be very happy if you decide on a Cairn!
Good Luck! Lynn
Posted 03 August 2006 - 11:22 AM
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