Rebecca Posted February 3, 2011 Share Posted February 3, 2011 Howdy from Texas everyone. My name is Becca and I am a first-time cairn owner. I wasn't planning on owning a cairn, but some changes in the lives of my relatives ended up leaving this puppy without a home. I guess you could say I inherited her. She was born on July 27th, 2010 and purchased through a local pet shop that buys from mills. Not my ideal source for a puppy, but I didn't have any say in the matter. I have had dogs for most of my life, but never anything smaller than knee-high. My two other current pooches are two seven-year old Great Danes named Zoose and Kira. At first they didn't really know what to do with a tiny dog, but they are used to small critters since I also own a prairie dog and have owned various other exotic mammals in their lifetimes. We also have cats but they are dog-savvy and everyone seems to be getting along really well. Camma potty-trained very quickly and catches on to things a lot more quickly than my two danes. Our biggest issue is that she tries to get in the big dogs' food dishes during mealtimes and they snap at her, so we've taken to feeding them all separately to avoid accidents. I don't think Zoose and Kira would hurt her on purpose, but they're so big and she's so little... Other than meal times, they get along well and Kira actually gets down on the ground to play with her. I'm not used to caring for a dog that requires grooming. The most I have to do with the big'uns is hose them off occasionally and trim their nails. With Camma I have been brushing her weekly with the Furminator I use for the cats. What else do I need to do for her coat? How often does she need to be professionally groomed and how much does that cost? Another thing, she is about 7 months old and her ears do not stand up. Is that okay? She looks cute with floppy ears but I know it's not breed standard. Is there something I need to do about it? What health issues are prevalent in Cairns? With the big dogs I have to worry about hip dysplasia, osteosarcoma, heart trouble, and bloat/torsion. What do I need to watch for in my new Cairn? All in all I think she has settled in with the family pretty well. I would have preferred to plan another addition to the family more carefully, but what can you do, right? Also, she really -really- seems to enjoy the snow! At least someone does. Hehe. Thanks, Becca Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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