- SIZE: 2
- GROOMING:: 9
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 7
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 6
- WATCHDOG: 9
- BREED: Cairnoodle
- COLOR(S):Varying mixtures of black, red, gray, and cream.
A Cairnoodle is a Poodle hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Poodle and a Cairn Terrier and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Poodle hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The cross with the Poodle is usually because of the Poodle\'s nonshedding coat. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders.
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.