Genetic health testing helps make informed breeding decisions in the process of preservation breeding
OFA Hips (Parents)
OFA Legg Calves-Perth (Parents)
Basic Cardiac Screening OFA
Bile Acid Testing on Parents and Litters ( to screen for Liver Shunt)
KIdney Ultra sound Parent- OFA Kidney data base
Renal Dysplasia Genetic Screening
The Cairn Terrier is a very hardy and healthy breed overall, however, there are a few concerns and issues that can come to the surface for breeders and owners.
Genetic Health Testing is a wonderful and necessary resource for the dedicated preservation breeder. As science and veterinary medicine advances so does our ability to avoid significant health issues within our chosen breed, to improve upon and in some cases eliminate a genetic fault altogether.
However, there are still conditions for which genetic tests do not exist. Please research at the following link. https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn-origin-etr.akc.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/23101920/Cairn-Terrier-Health-Statement-April-2016.pdf