Cairn Terrier - Health Characteristics
Cairn Terriers are generally healthy and live an average of about 15 years. However, breeders, owners, and veterinarians have identified several health problems that are significant for Cairns. Some of these diseases are hereditary while others occur as a result of nonspecific factors (i.e. infections, toxins, injuries, or advanced age).
Some of the more common hereditary health problems found in the Cairn are:
Currently, the Cairn Terrier Club of America, along with the Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals, maintain an open registry for Cairn Terriers in hopes of reducing the occurrence of hereditary diseases within the breed. Breeders voluntarily submit their dog's test results for research purpose, as well as for use by individuals who seek to make sound breeding decisions.