How to Feed Cairn Terriers

Weight gain is a common problem with the Cairn Terrier.
Weight gain is a common problem with the Cairn Terrier. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

The Cairn Terrier is is a vivacious and amiable small dog that is native to Scotland, in the United Kingdom. The dog breed is known for its shaggy appearance and erect ears. The breed's typical character is inquisitive, patient, vigilant, friendly, intelligent and independent. If you are considering making a Cairn Terrier a part of your life, then you may want to consider learning about the appropriate feeding habits to encourage its optimal health and fitness.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry dog food
  • Stainless steel plates and pans
  • Purified water
  • Doggie biscuits
  • Vegetable sticks

Feed your Cairn Terrier dry food. Seek out a premium dog food brand, such as Pedigree, Eukanuba and Purina (avoid generics). Closely observe how much food your Cairn Terrier is taking in by controlling portions. Feed your Cairn Terrier with a standard small-sized dog food bowl every day (roughly 1 1/2 inches in depth, 5 1/2 inches from the top and 1 7/8 inches in height). Fill these bowls up approximately 75 percent and feed your dog twice daily. Anything less could cause your terrier to feel nausea and throw up.

Pay attention to the plates and bowls you use. When feeding a Cairn terrier, the content of the food isn't the only thing that counts. Seek out water bowls and feed pans that are made solely out of stainless steel, because this type of steel is entirely free of potentially dangerous chemicals, and also because the disinfection process of it is simple and quick.

Give your Cairn Terrier clean water. To keep your dog in the finest of health, abstain from allowing him to drink tap water. Offer it purified water (through a reverse osmosis purifier) that is pollution-free. One easy and economical is distilled water from the supermarket.

Provide your Cairn Terrier with occasional treats. As with most dog breeds, the Cairn Terrier simply loves eating. As a reward for good behavior, give your pet doggie biscuit snacks a maximum of three times a day. Also consider even healthier treat options for the Cairn Terrier, such as celery and carrot sticks.

Tips & Warnings

  • As a breed, the Cairn Terrier is susceptible to easy weight gain and obesity. As a result, owners need to make sure never to overfeed their dogs, paying sharp attention to meal portions and avoiding excessive treats (no matter how adorable the dog looks as it begs you with pleading, deep eyes). To make sure your Cairn Terrier is not overweight, routinely feel its abdomen area. Ideally, the breed is meant to have a delicate and lithe appearance.
  • For the most part, the Cairn Terrier is allergic to grain, wheat and corn, so avoid feeding them any of these types of foods. Apart from these food types, the breed is mostly allergy-free.

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