I recently lost my Cairn Terrier. I loved the guy to death, but I noticed he did not like dogs until he met them a few times, and he would bark at neighbors and had a tendency to bite. I got him from a shelter when he already reached adulthood. If I were to get a Cairn puppy, and socialized him properly, would he be friendly with neighbors and dogs? Also, could I ever trust him with an invisible fence?
Answer by Talltail
Depends on the dog. Both my dogs are a little wary of strange dogs until two or three visits. But plenty of shelter dogs love other dogs, you don’t necessarily have to get a puppy. And some puppies may be well socialized but still not be overly fond of other dogs and/or may bite. But the biting is a behavior problem, not a breed issue and can be solved.