The Kashon is a small, sturdy cross between the Bichon Frise and Cairn Terrier. It is a friendly, cheerful, and loyal dog with Bichon-type dark rounded eyes, and muzzle, as well as Cairn-type medium-sized pointy ears.
|Other names||Bichon Frise Cairn Terrier Mix|
|Coat||Medium length, dense, two-layered, soft/coarse/rough/silky|
|Color||Black, white/cream, light brown/golden, gray|
|Group of Breed||Non-Sporting, Terrier|
|Size/Height||Small; up to 15 in|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Temperament||Social, protective, intelligent|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA, DDKC, IDCR, ACHC|
Video: Kashon (Cairn Terrier x Bichon Frise)
Temperament and Behavior
The Kashon, with its gentle and affectionate demeanor, is a family oriented dog. It is always happy around its human family, and may suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long. It gets along well with anyone it meets, including humans and other dogs, but anything suspicious will trigger its alert and protective instinct.
Known to be playful with children, the Kashon is tolerant of the commotion and noise associated with kids. Although like all terriers it exhibits a bit of independence and stubbornness, it is sensitive and does not like to be scolded or handled harshly.
These are active dogs that do well with regular exercise and play. A long walk or an interactive play for 30 minutes in a fenced yard will keep them happy and contented. Be sure not to let them off-leash in a public space, as they are likely to chase small animals such as cats and rodents.
A thorough brushing every week is sufficient to prevent the formation of tangles and mats. While their coat could be shortened or shaped using a stripping knife, occasional trimming with clippers might soften their outer fur. Periodic bathing is needed to keep their coat clean and reduce foul odor. Trimming their nails and regularly brushing their teeth are also recommended.
Kashon dogs are prone to some health conditions including allergies, cataracts, hip dysplasia, bladder infections, secondary glaucoma, hypothyroidism, and patellar luxation.
The Kashon dog has an independent streak because of its terrier ancestry. Therefore, you should maintain authority and establish your role as its pack leader with strict and consistent training.
- Tricks: It can master tricks and commands owing to its smartness. Furthermore, its willingness to learn makes obedience and agility training very easy. You can also teach your Kashon puppy to “play dead”. Once you have said your cue, such as ‘bang’, let your pet dog roll on its back. Reward it with praises and treats even if it remains on its back for a few minutes.
- Leash training: Start by teaching your dog to walk on leash without pulling. When your pet pulls on its leash, do not talk, make eye contact or budge from your place. Firmly hold the leash, keeping it tight and straight. As soon as it slackens the leash, reward it with treats.
An adult Bichon Frise-Cairn Terrier mix dog requires 1/2-1 cup of quality dry food per day.