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Kashon (Cairn and Bichon Frise Mix)

Nicole Cosgrove

Height: 15 inches
Weight: 10-15 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: White, cream, brindle, silver, gray, brindle, black
Suitable for: Families with children
Temperament: Loyal, cuddly, lapdog, intelligent, entertaining

The Kashon (commonly referred to as the Bairn), is a deliberate crossbreed between the Cairn and the Bichon Frise dog breed to produce the fascinating and loveable Kashon. The Cairn is a small dog with a determined nature. This has made them loyal and protective hunting dogs. Whereas the Bichon is an intelligent and adaptable dog breed. Together these two dogs produced the fluffy Kashon who features a mixture of these two dogs’ personalities.

Kashons make the perfect cuddly companion for families with children and other pets. They are not as active as other dogs and make good lapdogs. They are on the smaller side and can comfortably live with you in an apartment or house with a small yard.


Kashon Puppies – Before You Buy…


What’s the Price of Kashon Puppies?

Kashon puppies are adorable and can be found in pet stores and from shelters. It is better to check if your local shelter has a Kashon up for adoption before settling with purchasing one. Shelters will generally have a Kashon up for adoption at a much more affordable price. A Kashon puppy can cost anywhere between $300 to $600. Puppies will cost significantly more than an adult.divider-dog

3 Little-Known Facts About Kashon Dogs

1. Conjoined Name

The Kashons name is derived from Cairn and Bichon. These two dog breed names have been combined to form the alternative name, the Bairn.

2. Multi-Talented

The Kashon is skilled in many different ways. They have great abilities in hunting, agility, and activity levels.

3. Designer Dog

Kashons have been used as luxury dogs and carried in handbags to show their elegance and beauty.


Temperament & Intelligence of the Kashon

The Kashon dog is known for its gentle and affectionate temperament that many dog owners adore. They are brave and intelligent which makes them highly trainable and social. They are great family-orientated dogs and get along great with older children. They enjoy pleasing the owners and are good dogs for advanced obedience. The Kashon may be stubborn at times, but at the end of the day, they are ready for lots of cuddles and pets.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

This dog is the perfect family dog. They are always willing to please their owners and become a loveable part of the family. The Kashon will enjoy spending more time with their owners than they do playing outside. The Kashon dog breed can settle into a family fairly quickly. They seem to bond well with their owners and typically take a liking to the person who feeds them.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Kashon gets along well with other types of dogs that are not too overly aggressive or active. Dogs that bother the Kashon too much may irritate them and cause them to show aggression back. If you have an older Kashon dog, you only want to keep them with a dog of a similar age and size. They do not seem to mind cats but may bark at them occasionally out of curiosity. However, since they are natural hunters, small animals like rodents and birds may spark their interest and do not mix well with them.divider-dog

Things to Know When Owning a Kashon:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Kashons are omnivores and require a diet with various plant and animal matter. A commercial kibble mixture formulated for small dog breeds will provide them with all the necessary nutrients they require. Since they are not overly active dogs, they do not need a large percentage of protein in their diet to fuel their energy levels. Amino acids, vitamins, and minerals are important aspects of their diet and will help to keep them healthy. Treats and supplements like vegetables and high-quality dog biscuits provide them with additional nutrients.

Exercise 🐕

The Kashon does not need to be exercised often or in a large area. They will be happy to go on the occasional walk or job with their owner, but due to their small stature, the Kashon may struggle to keep up with you and will get tired easily. Older Kashons will be less energetic and take naps more frequently. Other than that, they will appreciate a few minutes of playtime together with various dog toys.

Training 🎾

This dog breed is eager to please and willing to be trained from an early age. They should be rewarded once they have learned something new as this will ensure that they learn that by completing a certain task they will be rewarded. They can be potty trained easily and even taught to do tricks.

Grooming ✂️

Bichon Frise and Cairn Terrier
Image Credit: Left – Kellymmiller73, Shutterstock; Right – everydoghasastory, Shutterstock

The Kashon is not a good fit for families who require a hypoallergenic dog breed. They shed frequently and have the long, wiry fur of a terrier breed. To keep them clean, they should be washed at least every six months and can benefit from a weekly brushing to catch and any loose fur or to detangle their coat.

Health and Conditions 🏥

By providing the Kashon with a good diet, attention, space, and a hygienic environment, they should rarely fall ill.

Minor Conditions
  • Obesity
  • Respiratory infections
  • Arthritis
  • Oral hygiene problems
  • Eye issues
  • Cataracts
Serious Conditions
  • Parvovirus
  • Cancer
  • Neurological problems
  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Heart disease
  • Spinal cord injuries

Male vs Female

Males and females are similar, and it can be hard to determine their gender by just a glance. The male Kashons are generally leaner, with longer legs, and a slim neck. The head is small when compared to its overall size.

Female Kashons has a pink and pigmented belly near their genitals. They are stockier and have shorter legs. The head is in proportion to their body.divider-dog

Final Thoughts

This dog breed has many affectionate and family-orientated characteristics. If you provide them with a comfortable and loving home, the Kashon is guaranteed to fit right into the family. Whether you are an active family or not, the Kashon will adapt to its life and want to spend the majority of their time by their owner’s side.

Featured Image Credit: Left: Cairn, doanme, Pixabay, Right: Bichon Frise, saviera, Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.