Facts & Origin
What is a Silky Cairn?
The Silky Cairn, also known as a mix of the Australian Silky Terrier and Cairn Terrier, is a playful, affectionate and sturdy little dog, ideal for families and singles.
Origin and history
The Silky Cairn is a mix of two ancient terrier breeds: the Cairn Terrier from Scotland and the Australian Silky Terrier. The Cairn Terr ier is best known for his role as Toto in "The Wizard of Oz" and has a history as a tenacious, fearless fox hunter. The Australian Silky Terrier, sometimes referred to as the Groomed Gentledog from Down Under, was considered a home and pest control dog.
|Origin||Australia - Scotland|
|Life expectancy||12 - 16 years|
|Care requirements||high-maintenance - low-maintenance|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Character traits and nature
- Friendly and active: The Silky Cairn is known for his friendly and outgoing nature. He is very active and needs regular, daily exercise.
- Loving and Loyal: As a family dog, this mixed breed is extremely loving and loyal to its people. He can get along well with children and other pets as long as he is well socialized.
- Intelligent and adaptive: Because of his intelligent parent breeds, the Silky Cairn can learn quickly and is often easy to train. He enjoys mental challenges and can learn a variety of commands and tricks.
Essential factors in care
Like any other mixed breed, the Silky Cairn can be prone to various health problems that are common in its parent breeds. These include eye problems, skin problems and patellar luxation. Regular veterinary examination is essential. In good health, a Silky Cairn can live between 12 and 15 years. Regular veterinary examinations are therefore essential.
The Silky Cairn should be brushed regularly to keep his silky coat clean and free of tangles. Occasional trimming is also necessary to control his coat length.
A balanced diet is important for his health and overall well-being. It is also important to monitor his weight to avoid obesity.
Breeding a Silky Cairn
Breeding a Silky Cairns requires knowledge and responsibility. It is important to check the health of the parent breeds and make sure they are free of hereditary diseases. Breeders must also respect the standard of the breeds and be concerned about the welfare of the animals.
What does the Silky Cairn look like?
The appearance of a Silky Cairn can vary, but usually it has the silky coat of the Australian Silky Terrier and the small but sturdy stature of the Cairn Terrier.
One main characteristic is its beautiful, silky coat. The coat is medium in length and can vary from rich gray to various shades of brownish and black. It is smooth and silky, but tends to tangle if not groomed regularly.
Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.
Dermatophytosis (synonym dermatophytosis, from ancient Greek τὸ δέρμα derma, German 'skin' and ancient Greek φυτόν phyton, German 'plant') or tinea (Latin for 'woodworm', 'moth') is a skin fungal disease caused by specific fungi (dermatophytes).
Ureteral ectopy (also known as ureteral ectopia) is an inherited condition where the ureter (known as the ureter) does not end in the bladder as usual due to a misalignment.
Especially due to overweight, joint problems can occur in dogs.
This mix can come in different colors, but the most common are gray, brown and black.
Yes, these mixed breeds usually have an instinctive hunting instinct.
Silky Cairns can be prone to allergies, digestive disorders, eye problems, and degenerative joint and muscle problems.
The ideal character is bright, adventurous, playful and cuddly. They are intelligent and learn quickly.