The World Cairn Terrier Symposium
On 4th July 2008 in Eskilstuna The World Cairn Terrier Symposium took place. The health was the most discussed topic.
During presentation od national clubs, the participants coulg get to know the results of polls, received from owners.
Generally, participants agreed, that the breed is in good health condition. Of course, it's not free from hereditary diseases, but they are slightly dangerous.
The mental health of cairn terriers has been rated as very good or good. The questionated often described their dogs as brave, joyful, friendly, sociable and tender. The problems pointed by owners were: excessive barking and the fear of shots and rumbles.
According to physical health data, the most common problems are: cutaneous diseases, (from 5,5% to 21% contingently upon the country) and patellar luxation (from 1,2% to 4,8% contingently upon the country). Other occuring diseases are: joint degenerations, Legg Perthes, renal, cardiac, hepatic and ophtal diseases, hip dysplasia. Old dogs sometimes suffer from ophtal diseases, problems with prostate and diabetes.