Health Testing Done: PPS Testing (Liver Shunt testing/Bile Acid Testing, between 6-12 weeks) 

What is it? 

What is a liver shunt?The portal vein is a large vein that collects blood from the gastrointestinal system, pancreas, and spleen and carries it into the liver, where toxins and other byproducts are removed. A liver shunt occurs when an abnormal connection persists or forms between the portal vein or one of its branches, and another vein, allowing blood to bypass, or shunt, around the liver.

In the majority of cases, a liver shunt is caused by a birth defect called a congenital portosystemic shunt. (There is NO DNA marker for these as yet.)

 In some cases, multiple small shunts form because of severe liver disease such as cirrhosis. These are referred to as acquired portosystemic shunts. 

Testing we do: Tests that measure the amount of bile acids in the blood are used to screen for liver shunts. To perform this screening test, two samples are usually taken. The first sample is taken after fasting (pre-prandial). The second sample is usually taken two hours after being fed (post-prandial). 

History of the Cairn Terrier

The cairn terrier is the energetic, brave and devoted little dog that most of us know as Toto in “The Wizard of Oz.” But his roots extend farther back in time than that, and his accomplishments, too, are far greater.
The Cairn terrier may have existed as long ago as the 16th century, helping to control vermin on the Isle of Skye. Their specialty was in bolting quarry, particularly otters, from heaps of stone known as cairns. The breed is related to the Scottish and West Highland white terriers, and crosses with Westies occurred as recently as the 1920s. Today, the Cairn terrier is an excellent all-around family pet and show dog.

At a Glance

Hypoallergenic: Yes

Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Temperament:  Intelligent, Gay, Active, Hardy, Assertive, Fearless

Colours:  Dark Brindle, Cream Brindle, Grey Brindle, Red Brindle, Red, Wheaten

Weight: Male: 6–8 kg, Female: 6–8 kg

Height: Male: 25–33 cm, Female: 23–30 cm

Cairn Terrier coats change with age too. If the coat has brindling of any type it will darken with age.  It will darken faster if hand stripped and slower if clipped.

Reds and Wheatens don't change colour.

Diagram done by Berit of Lachleen Kennels in Denmark

Some cairns we love, have bred, and doing what they do!