- WEIGHT: 18 to 24 lbs
- HEIGHT: 8 to 11 inches
- COLOR(S): Pepper colored: (all shades of gray and silver) or dark yellow (all shades of brown and reddish brown).
- BREED GROUP: Terrier
WEIGHT: 15 to 20 lbs
HEIGHT: 10 to 15 inches
COLOR(S): Varying mixtures of black, red, gray, and cream.
Friendly, affectionate, and loyal, the Cairnoodle may possess the boldness of a Terrier, the sensitivity of a Poodle, or both. They require an inordinate amount of attention and do not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. They will become destructive if bored or lonely. They do well with children, dogs, and non-canine pets they have been raised with. The Cairnoodle is alert, suspicious of strangers, and will bark to announce visitors or out of the ordinary sounds.
The coat of the Cairnoodle must be brushed several times a week to prevent matting and tangling. Bathing should be done on a regular basis using a mild shampoo. Dental hygiene is important to prevent early tooth loss.
They are prone to such health issues as PRA, luxating patella, heart problems, portal shunt, and CMO.
The Cairnoodle is suited for city and apartment living provided they are sufficiently exercised and mentally stimulated. They must have a variety of safe toys to keep them occupied indoors. Cairnoodle's thrive on family interaction, off-lead play time in a securely fenced yard, performing tricks, and securely leashed walks.
The Cairnoodle typically exhibits independence but is willing to please. They may be difficult to housetrain. The crate training method works best. The Cairnoodle is adept at learning tricks. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, reward, and consistency.
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