Basset Hound Cairn Terrier Mix


The Basset Hound Cairn Terrier Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Basset Hound and the Cairn Terrier. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Basset Hound is affectionate, tenacious, and devoted. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Basset Hound or the Cairn Terrier? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Basset Hound Cairn Terrier Mix.

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Basset Hound Cairn Terrier Mix History

All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.

Basset Hound History

This Basset, while French in origin like her cousin the Basset Fauve de Bretagne, is much more familiar to the American population. She has served since the mid-20th century as the mascot for Hush Puppies shoes. Many Hush Puppies Basset Hounds have come and gone; the current one’s name is Jason.

In the 1950s, Elvis Presley appeared on The Steve Allen Show to sing “Hound Dog” to a seated Basset Hound wearing a top hat. The performance appeared uncomfortable for both of them, but Presley was photographed playing with the dog after filming stopped. Television has also given us a TV commercial that finds a dour-looking Basset Hound accompanying a bored Maytag washer repairman along his route.

Don’t mistake the Basset Hound for a snooty Hollywood type, though. Her breeding makes her a formidable small game hunter, and her goofy personality is ideal for pet parents seeking a “fun” dog.

The Basset Hound is another product of the French passion for custom-breeding hunting dogs. The Basset Hound is closely related to the taller and slimmer Bloodhound; both are descendents of the “St. Hubert Hound,” a product of selective breeding credited to a French cleric and “patron saint of the hunt.” St. Hubert’s Hound resembled a bloodhound, and the modern-day bloodhound is his best-known ancestor; however, many people also believe that today’s basset hound resulted from a genetic mutation in the ancient breed.

The genetic maneuvering that produced the Basset Hound yielded a low-slung, solidly built, short-legged scent hound with a white-tipped tail that stands straight in the air, alerting her handler to the presence of game. Packs of Basset Hounds hunt in France and England to this day. Working alone or in packs, their long ears touch the ground and release the scent of small game, which the dogs then drive into warrens or quarries where the handler can retrieve them.



Cairn Terrier History

Bounding out of the highlands comes the Cairn Terrier, a descendent one of Scotland’s oldest known line of working terriers dating to the 1600s. He was originally bred to rid the land of vermin, mostly rodents but also larger prey such as otters and foxes. Three present-day Scottish terriers — the Scottish, the West Highland White, and the Cairn — all were descended from an established breed called the Scotch Terrier, which in 1873 became two distinct terrier breeds, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and the Skye Terriers. These terriers came from the same stock in the Scottish highlands but ultimately developed as two different breeds. Later, the Scottish, West Highland White, and Cairn terriers all descended from the same stock and originally were differentiated only by color.

Fun fact: Most Cairn terriers are left-pawed. Research has shown that this trait correlates to a strong sense of smell — a major advantage in locating prey. The dog we now know as the Cairn Terrier was originally called a Short-haired Skye Terrier when entered into The Kennel Club competition in the U.K. in 1909. Breeders of standard Skye Terriers objected, and the name Cairn Terrier, alluding to the stone piles along the moors where the dog chases his prey, was accepted as a compromise.

The Cairn Terrier gained AKC recognition in 1913, although at this time many breeders in both the U.S. and U.K. were crossing Cairn Terriers with West Highland White Terriers. In 1917, the AKC barred any Cairn of mixed heritage as demonstrated by a white coat. The British standard followed in 1923, when it was rewritten to prohibit all-white dogs.

Fun fact: A Cairn Terrier portrayed Dorothy’s “little dog,” Toto, in the classic film The Wizard of Oz (1939)


Basset Hound Cairn Terrier Mix Size and Weight

Basset Hound
Height: 13 - 14 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 40 - 65 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years

Cairn Terrier
Height: 9 - 10 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 13 - 14 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years


Basset Hound Cairn Terrier Mix Personality

The Basset Hound and the Cairn Terrier might be a little bit spunky. They can be an inquisitive little fella so keep on the lookout for that behavior! All dogs need attention and don't want to be left alone. That's why you have a pet, right? Plan on putting forth effort to socialize her as this will reap dividends in the long run. Please use always use positive reinforcement even though they can have a mind of their own. Enjoy being with your new mixed breed and love the relationship you will have with them.


Basset Hound Cairn Terrier Mix Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

The Basset Hound mixed with the Cairn Terrier might be prone to elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, entropion, chd, among others.

Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.


Basset Hound Cairn Terrier Mix Care


What are the grooming requirements?

Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.

What are the exercise requirements?

Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.

What are the training requirements?

This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.


Basset Hound Cairn Terrier Mix Feeding

"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.

Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."



Basset Hound Links

Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia

Tri State Basset Hound Rescue

Carolina Basset Hound Rescue


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