Cairn Terrier: What You Need To Know About The Small Dog That Was Toto In The Wizard Of Oz

Cairn terriers are generally confident little dogs. They are quite intelligent. They can learn quickly, and do enjoy learning. These dogs will always have the digging reflex despite good, consistent training.

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They need supervision outside. They should only be off-leash. They have a longer, weather-resistant outer coat. They don’t tend to shed much hair, but the coat needs regular grooming. Most owners will brush your dog with a pin brush at least once a week. However, a brush every few days is better. Cairn Terriers have a number of health concerns. Hip and elbow dysplasia is an inherited condition. Some dogs can be lame, while others show signs of discomfort and pain.

a white cairn terrier standing in a green field

Some cases can be managed by medication, diet and lifestyle changes. More severe cases will need surgery. Von Willebrand’s Disease is a blood clotting disorder. The blood does not have enough of a factor. Many dogs show no symptoms, but others may have spontaneous bleeding from the nose, bladder or mouth. Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland in the neck produces too much thyroxine. Cairns Terriers are small dogs that dig through rocks. They prefer to walk themselves. The most famous Cairnn Terrier was Toto in The Wizard Of Oz. Toto was played by a female Cairnie Terrier named Terry. . . .

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