Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu Mix – Two Fluffy Breeds Collide: What’s the Difference?
The first thing to note is that there are two types of shih tzus. One type is called “crotchless” or “fluffier”. These dogs have short legs and a long body. They look like miniature poodles, but they’re not fluffy at all! They’re actually quite small. There are other types too, such as the “shoulder length” or “taller” variety. These dogs have longer legs and a shorter body than their cousin the fluffier breed. Their bodies are proportioned just right so that they appear taller than they really are.
These two varieties of shih tzu make up what’s known as a “crossbreed”, which means that each one of them is descended from different breeds (or mixes). A crossbreed is a mixture between two different breeds.
Crossbreeding is when one breed crosses with another to produce offspring that are genetically similar to both parents’ breeds, but may differ slightly in appearance. For example, if you were breeding a dachshund and a husky, you’d probably end up with something resembling either a dachshund or an American Eskimo Dog.
The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest Scottish terriers. It was bred to hunt and kill small animals, rodents and burrowing vermin.
They are fearless and very energetic, but they are also independent and self-reliant dogs that need plenty of outdoor exercise. These little working dogs are fairly popular in the U.K. but are not as common in the U.S. or elsewhere. The Cairn has a double coat and should be brushed at least twice a week. Most owners will take them for a brisk walk or jog on a daily basis. They can live in an apartment if they get enough exercise.
The Shih Tzu is one of the oldest breeds in the world, with a history that dates back over 2000 years. They were bred (and still are today) as companion dogs for Chinese royalty.
They are a small, sturdy, playful dog that are always happy and very attached to their owners. They were named “lion dog” by Chinese emperors because of their loyalty, or “Chinese lion dog.” The Shih Tzu is a very popular breed and relatively easy to find.
Both the Cairn Terrier and the Shih Tzu are good dogs for first time owners. They love children and get along well with other animals too.
Playful and energetic, they can keep you amused for hours. They are very affectionate with their owners but not always so with strangers, which makes them good watchdogs. They need regular exercise and grooming to keep them healthy and happy. Both the crossbreed and the purebred will vary in size, depending on which parent they take after. The average height of Cairn Terrier Crossbreeds is around 13-16 inches and the average weight is around 16-32 pounds. The average height of Shih Tzus is around 10-14 inches and the average weight is around 14-26 pounds.
Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu Mix Grooming
Grooming these dogs is relatively easy as both parent breeds have short coats. You will still have to give them regular brushings at least once a week to keep their coats nice and clean.
You will also have to bathe them when necessary, as you would with all dogs. Their eyes and ears should also be cleaned regularly.
Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu Mix Temperament
The temperament of these dogs is like that of the Cairn Terrier: swift, alert and fearless. It is also like the Shih Tzu: playful, loving and happy.
The dogs will be smart and easy to train. They are generally healthy but may be prone to some hereditary health issues in both parent breeds. These issues include ear infections, eye problems, nervousness, spine problems and slipped stifles (sometimes called ‘doggy arthritis’).
Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu Cross Breed Dogs will be good for first time dog owners. They are very affectionate towards their owners and get along well with children, other dogs and pets too.
They are full of energy and very playful too, which means they need plenty of outdoor exercise every day. Shedding will vary depending on the parent breeds. Grooming these dogs is relatively easy and you should brush their coats at least once a week to keep them nice and clean. Bathe them when necessary and clean their ears and eyes too.
Crossbred dogs are best for owners who want a dog with the temperament of the Cairn Terrier, the energy of the Shih Tzu, a easy to care for coat and low shedding. Crossbreed dogs may be a little harder to find than purebreds, but this will change as more and more breeders start to sell crosses between most popular purebreds.
As with all dogs, make sure you get your dog from a respectable breeder or a shelter.
Caring for a Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu Mix
The Cairn Terrier and the Shih Tzu are very different breeds. However, the differences between them might not be enough to create a truly distinct third breed of dog.
The crossbreed will still need consistent training and lots of attention. It is still important to set rules and regulations from the beginning. As with all dogs, you should aim to establish yourself as the alpha. This means you are in charge, which allows you to be the leader. Without this role clarification, the dog will not know how to behave and this can lead to behavioral issues.
These dogs are very affectionate and need socialization around other people and animals. It is important they get lots of attention when they are young.
If you get a Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu mix, you will need to take them out in public and introduce them to other people, animals and children. This way they learn that new people and animals are nothing to be afraid of and there is nothing to attack.
Caring for the coat of a Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu mix is relatively easy. You should brush their coats at least once a week to prevent tangles and mats.
You should also bath them when they get dirty, which will probably be quite a lot. Caring for their nails and teeth is also important as you would with all dogs. The ears should be cleaned once a week to prevent bacteria building up and ear infections.
Crossbreed dogs are often taller than their parents. Therefore, they may be more likely to accidentally knock over small items on low coffee tables and counter tops.
They may be fast enough to clear a child’s fence and get loose. For this reason, you should keep your eyes on them when outdoors and keep fences high. As with all dogs, they will still require daily walks.
Crossbreed dogs are very friendly and sweet. They will need lots of attention when they are puppies and still love plenty of cuddles well into their adult years.
They are very good with children and love to play. They are also usually fine around other animals, although they may prey upon them if they see them as toys rather than pets.
Puppies and adult dogs require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Without this, they may become destructive.
They should have at least an hour of exercise each day. These dogs are not likely to be good for owners who work all day as they will feel lonely. It is best if they can spend time with someone at home during the day.
Crossbreeds often have a mixed nature. This means they may be as lazy as the Shih Tzu, as high-energy as the Cairn or a combination of both.
Make sure you understand their character and choose a name that fits. Crossbreed dogs are very good with children and other animals, but it is important to still teach children how to approach and touch the dog.
Sources & references used in this article:
Veterinary notes for dog owners by T Turner – 2011 – books.google.com
How to Age-proof Your Dog: The Art and Science of Successful Canine Aging by EU Murphy – 2017 – books.google.com