Toxirn

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Scotland <> Mexico -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Toxirn

A Toxirn is a charming hybrid by design. It is a mix of Cairn Terrier and Chihuahua. This little dog is confident and friendly. He forms a very close bond with his family. Unfortunately, he is very protective and can become aggressive towards strangers in order to protect his humans. He's also a bit territorial when it comes to other dogs, and will defend what he thinks is his home. These lively, confident dogs measure between 20.5 and 25.5 centimeters and weigh between 2.5 and 3.5 kilos.

History of the Toxirn

The Toxirn combines the playful nature of the Cairn Terrier and the bravery of the Chihuahua to create an ideal companion dog that adapts to any situation.

 

        

A little of the Cairn Terrier

        
The brave little Cairn Terrier was bred to hunt prey between the cairns of Scotland, and that's how it got its nickname. For hundreds of years, this little dog was a much-loved Scottish pet. In 1938, the popularity of this compact breed soared when the iconic film The Wizard of Oz hit cinemas. Dorothy, the main character, owned a feisty Cairn Terrier whom she called Toto. The Cairn Terrier was also the breed of choice for the sitcom I Love Lucy. Little Ricky, the show's child star, owned a Cairn Terrier named "Fred". The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1938 and included it in the Terrier group.
Standard of the Cairn Terrier

 

        

A little of the Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is often called the taco dog. Originating in Central America and Mexico thousands of years ago, this small breed is thought to have been owned and bred by the Toltec civilization. The Aztecs also bred these small canines as a source of food and barter. These small dogs also made ideal bed warmers and were also used for healing, as it was believed that a person's pain and suffering could be transferred to the dog. They were often cremated with their deceased owners as part of a funeral rite. It was believed that this rite exonerated man's sins for the afterlife. In 1904, the Chihuahua was officially registered as a companion dog by the American Kennel Club.
Standard of the Chihuahua

Appearance of the Toxirn

The Toxirn is a lovely combination of the Cairn Terrier and the Chihuahua. It has a hard, bristly coat that is not too long. The hair tends to stand out at all angles, giving it a slightly frumpy but cute look. His coat color is usually a combination of tan, gray and black. His nose is a small black button and his dark eyes are bright. Its small ears are turned back and prickly. His body is firm and muscular. Although tiny, there's nothing physically fragile about this dog. It's a sturdy little bundle.

Temperament of the Toxirn

The Toxirn is a spirited little dog who doesn't know he's tiny. He thinks he's a king and can conquer anything. His outgoing attitude makes him a beloved family pet. Unlike Chihuahuas, Toxirns generally adore gentle children. He's very close to his family. Its small size and love of being pampered make it an ideal apartment dog. The Toxirn is always ready for a walk or a game of dodgeball. He loves to enjoy life and has a very cheerful disposition. He should get on well with other household pets, but supervision is always recommended, especially in the presence of small, rodent-like animals.

Needs and activities of the Toxirn

The Toxirn is an ideal combination of attitude and activity. He's always ready and willing to go for a walk or enjoy a run at the dog park. The little fellow is also happy to spend his time curled up on his master's lap. His versatility makes him an excellent choice for an apartment where outdoor exercise opportunities are limited. He's highly intelligent and loves learning tricks and basic obedience. The Toxirn tends to get on well with other pets and enjoys the company of other dogs at the dog park. Keep in mind, however, that this modest-sized dog fancies himself a big dog, so he's not afraid if confronted by a bigger, meaner dog.

Maintenance of the Toxirn

The Toxirn's coat is virtually maintenance-free. It requires only occasional brushing and rarely tangles. It doesn't grow and therefore doesn't need trimming. The fur also rarely sheds. Its little toenails often wear down from walks and play, but some owners have to trim their dog's nails once a month to maintain their length. His erect ears sometimes accumulate debris. Once a week, a wash with a warm cloth will remove the dirt from his ears. He usually only needs a bath once every month or two to eliminate doggy odor. Some owners brush their dog's teeth once or twice a week to remove plaque and prevent bad breath. Brushing also helps prevent gum disease later in life.

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