Doxie Cairn

16-32 lbs
United States
Cairn Terrier

The Doxie Cairn is a mix between the Dachshund and the Cairn Terrier.  Designer breeds are also called hybrids. The coat of this cute mix may be smooth or wiry and should be brushed and combed weekly to remove dead hair. Yearly, stripping of the coat may be necessary. The Doxie Cairn can be fearless. active, clever and a bit stubborn. They are playful and devoted to their owners. Because of their small size, the Doxie Cairn may not be a good breed for households with small children. Small children can sometimes be a little rough without intention, which can cause a dog to snap or to bite. The Doxie Cairn can live in an apartment if he has daily exercise and will thrive in a home with a supervised yard. His Cairn Terrier side may cause him to be a barker, so an urban or rural home may be the ideal arrangement.

Date of Origin
Dachshund, Cairn Terrier

Doxie Cairn Health

Average Size
Male Doxie Cairn size stats
Height: 9-16 inches Weight: 16-32 lbs
Female Doxie Cairn size stats
Height: 9-16 inches Weight: 16-32 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
Minor Concerns
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Atopy
  • Retained Testicle
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Urinalysis
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Biochemical Profile Tests
  • Allergy Testing
  • Skin Scrape
  • Abdominal Ultrasound

Doxie Cairn Breed History

The Doxie Cairn is a new breed; documentation on their history is limited. We do have history on both parent breeds. It is thought that the Dachshund originated in Germany in the early 1600s.  They were used as scent hounds who would flush out game from their den by digging with their short but powerful legs.  They were used to also hunt wild boar but did so as a member of a pack. The word Dachshund literally means “badger hound” in German. The original Dachshund was larger than today’s Dachshund; he weighed 30 to 40 pounds and had longer legs. The first American Dachshund Club was founded in 1881.  The first Dachshund registered with the American Kennel Club was in 1885. During World War I and World War II the Dachshund declined in popularity due to their association with Germany. Today the Dachshund ranks 13th on the AKC most popular dog list.  Over time, they have made it into the hearts of artists, actors and musicians such as Andy Warhol, John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, Priscilla Presley, Winona Ryder, George Harrison and Pablo Picasso. The Cairn Terrier is considered one of the oldest Terrier breeds.  They originated on the Isle of Skye and on the Scottish Highlands over 200 years ago. The Cairn Terrier obtained his name because he would flush out rodents from the cairns, which were near farm houses.  Cairns are a pile of stones that create a mound, they are formed naturally or are man-made.  Cairns are used as boundary markers and memorials. This working Terrier also hunted otters, foxes and weasels. The Cairn Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913. The most famous Cairn Terrier was Terry, who appeared as “Toto” in the movie classic The Wizard of Oz. Terry’s original owners were upset that she was not potty trained and dropped her off at a trainer but never returned for her.  The trainer was Carl Spitz of the Hollywood Dog Training School, who trained dogs for the movies. Terry received $125 per week while working on the Wizard of Oz; she was paid more than the Munchkins were. Terry appeared in 15 additional films. Her name was officially changed to Toto by Mr. Spitz.

Doxie Cairn Breed Appearance

The Doxie Cairn is a hybrid dog, and will have physical characteristics from both his parents. He will be a small muscular dog, and will weigh between 16 and 32 pounds. The Doxie Cairn may have a dapple coat, and may be black, chocolate, tan, cream or red.  His coat can be wiry or smooth.  Even though he is small he might have a strong jaw with large teeth. Their feet can be large with thick pads and strong nails. He may have drop ears or ears that stand erect.  The Doxie Cairn will be larger in size than the Cairn Terrier and taller than a Dachshund. His eyes and nose will be dark in color. He will have an alert facial expression.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Doxie Cairn eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Doxie Cairn nose
Coat Color Possibilities
red Doxie Cairn coat
cream Doxie Cairn coat
black Doxie Cairn coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Doxie Cairn wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Doxie Cairn Breed Maintenance

The Doxie Cairn should be brushed out once a week to remove loose and dead hair. Yearly stripping of the hair may be needed. They only need to be bathed every three to four months, using a dog shampoo.  Human shampoo can dry out a dog’s skin and even bring on a reaction as the strength is often more concentrated. The teeth should be brushed weekly to prevent tartar buildup and gum disease. Dog toothpaste comes in different flavors (chicken, beef and liver), which makes teeth brushing an enjoyable experience. If your Doxie Cairn has long ears don't forget to periodically check them to make sure they are clean and dry. A twice monthly check and trim of the nails is an important step in the care of your dog as well.

Brushes for Doxie Cairn
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Doxie Cairn requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Doxie Cairn Temperament

The temperament of the Doxie Cairn will be a fun combination of the Dachshund and the Cairn Terrier parents. The Dachshund is usually described as bold, playful and fearless.  He is devoted, protective and loyal.  Excellent watchdogs, the Dachshund needs early socialization with other dogs and strangers. Without proper socialization, the breed can be leery of those he does not know and canines he is unfamiliar with. The Dachshund can be stubborn and strong-willed. They do not like being left alone and can suffer from separation anxiety. Separation anxiety can cause behavior problems like digging and chewing. The Cairn Terrier is a lively, confident and energetic dog who is friendly and loves to play fetch. Smart and highly trainable, the Cairn Terrier may be small but he is sturdy and fearless. He will not back down to a larger dog.  They have a prey instinct and can take off after small animals, including the neighbor's cat.  Because he is high energy dog, he can easily get bored so is important to provide him with interactive toys and daily play.  The Cairn Terrier can also suffer from separation anxiety and he is known to be a bit of a barker. Your Doxie Cairn will be confident, spunky and strong-willed.  Early socialization and obedience training are a must.  He will probably not like being left for an extended period of time and will be happiest in a home where there are people around often. Patience and consistent training are required for the Doxie Cairn.

Doxie Cairn Activity Requirements

Your Doxie Cairn will be a moderate to high energy canine. He will enjoy long walks and interactive play. Your Doxie Cairn will like visiting a dog park to work on his people skills and will be happy to satisfy his exploration instincts in a fence in yard. He should not be walked off-leash because he may be tempted to chase whatever moves quickly in his path. Additionally, he should not be left unsupervised in a yard because he will find or make an escape route pretty quickly. Ideally, a home in an urban or rural area is the favored choice but he can do quite well in an apartment if his exercise needs are met. One must remember though, this hybrid may develop a barking habit that can be a disturbance to neighbors within close proximity.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Doxie Cairn Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Doxie Cairn Owner Experiences

2 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Lily is the first dog Ive owner a i absolutely adore her, everyone that meets her loves her so much and has made such a huge impact on my life. One of the sweetest most playful dogs I’ve ever come across. a great companion to day the least.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Rex is a rescue dog. Somebody had dropped him off on a dirt road. We found him and he's been a joy ever since. He's our "kid". My husband spoils him rotten.
1 year, 5 months ago
3 Months
2 People
Playing in the grass
We've only had her for a couple of weeks. We are enjoying her energy, but are having issues with puppy biting. She can be very sweet and affectionate when she is not in a playful mood. She quickly attached herself to us and appears to be very loyal!
1 year, 9 months ago
2 Years
2 People
Just adopted. She was a stray. Brought home after spaying last Saturday.
1 year, 10 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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