The SCWTCA Endowment, Inc., was established in 2001 by the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America, Inc., for the purpose of supporting research related to the health of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Since then, the Endowment has funded and/or provided many important canine grants, proposals, education and health projects to protect and preserve the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. A list of our accomplishments with our partners is on our Endowment At Work page.

We have made tremendous progress in not only Wheaten health but in the health of all dogs. For this we are extremely grateful to you. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous past support to help safeguard the health of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers not only in this country but worldwide.

SCWTCA Board of Directors and SCWTCA Endowment No Longer Recommend Wisdom Panel for the PLN Variant Gene Test

Dear SCWTCA Members and Owners:

We were recently informed that Wisdom Panel has changed the explanation of the PLN Variant Gene that they provide to their customers who purchase their DNA kit. The information that Wisdom Panel provides is as follows under What It Means (Dog's name): "Two copies of the Protein Losing Nephropathy mutation are needed for a dog to be affected with this condition, so XXX should not show disease signs due to this mutation".

We have discussed this with both Paula Henthorn BS Ph.D. and Meryl Littman AB VMD and they both concur that Wisdom Panel's information is incorrect. The original research published in 2012 still stands. Wisdom Panel has been notified of this error as it is dangerous to pet owners who may stop testing their Wheatens. We are waiting for Wisdom Panel to correct their literature.

To refresh everyone's memory or if you were an owner who received this information, the 2012 research information is correct as follows:

  • Dogs with no copies of the gene (aka “0” or “homozygous negative”) have an exceedingly low chance of getting PLN. Remember that other diseases can cause PLN.
  • Dogs with 2 copies of the gene (aka “2” or “homozygous positive”) are at the highest risk of developing PLN. This does not mean the dog will get sick. In the research leading to this test, 16 of the 145 Wheaten “2s” lived into their teens (over 13 years of age) with no sign of the disease.
  • Dogs with 1 copy of the gene (aka “1” or “heterozygous”) are at intermediate risk.

It’s important to remember this: this test does NOT say whether a dog will or will not get PLN. It says whether the dog has an increased risk of getting the disease.

Pending a correction, Meryl and Paula agree that we should not refer people to Wisdom Panel and, until the correction from Wisdom Panel, the SCWTCA Board of Directors and the SCWTCA Endowment no longer recommend Wisdom Panel for the PLN Variant Gene Test based on this erroneous information.

If you have any questions please contact Anna Marzolino, Emily Holden, or Susan Ratliffe. We will keep you updated.

Anna Marzolino, Chair, SCWTCA Endowment
Emily Holden, President, SCWTCA
Susan Ratliffe, Chair, SCWTCA Health Committee

★10/25/2022 Wheaten Webinar • Coat Color Genes — 07:00PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Presenter: Patrice Chevalier. as well as members of the Breeder Education Committee

Sponsored By: SCWTCA, Inc

Breeders, have you ever had or heard of a litter with “Blondes”, “Brown noses or Brownies” or even the rare “Black and Tan” puppy? With Genetic Markers for Coat Collar Genes we may be able to prevent this. Patrice Chevalier, one of our long time Breeders, has researched this for over 2 years gathering many records from other Breeders and would love to share her experiences in a Webinar next Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 7pmEST. Patrice Chevalier, as well as members of the Breeder Education Committee, will present an easily understood walk through. We welcome our serious Geneticists in the group to offer additional insights. Please join us for this fun subject. Hope to see you there.

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Thank you to Marji Frank Baumann for the Birthday Fundraiser benefiting the SCWTCA Endowment Inc.!


These donations will directly fund Wheaten health projects and the SCWT Health and Pedigree Database. Thank you to her donors: Cindy Wells, Kim Carman Crocker, Laura Vincent Virant, Mimi Tibbs, Emily Teachout, Linda Gardner, Jackie Ostrom. This fundraiser resulted in a $490 donation! Wheatens everywhere thank you!!!

NCSU Early Intestinal Disease Marker Test 7Jul2022

     Wheaten Terriers diagnosed with PLE and healthy Wheaten Terriers are needed for a study with NC State University School of Veterinary Medicine. NCSU is beginning a study it hopes will identify SCWTs with PLE before there are any clinical bloodwork changes. Participation is specific: 8-10 “normal” Wheatens and 8-10 “affected” Wheatens are needed. Testing is done free of charge at NCSU in Raleigh, NC. There are financial incentives. For more information, contact Katie Tolbert DVM at

      Download the Client Consent Form PDF.

AKC CHF small AKC CHF logoHemangiosarcoma Research Initiative

Hemangiosarcoma is an aggressive and common cancer in dogs. It can develop in any tissue or organ, but most commonly affects the spleen, right atrium of the heart, and the skin.

Since 1995, CHF and its donors have invested over $4.8 million in 33 grants in understanding mechanisms and causes, new targets for treatment, and early diagnostics for canine hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive cancer in dogs. CHF, along with its donors, continues to address this devastating disease through this initiative launched in 2018.

Why Study It?

  • While cutaneous masses (affecting the skin) are often treatable by tumor excision, tumors affecting internal organs are associated with poorer prognosis and are almost always incurable.
  • Hemangiosarcoma is often called the “silent killer” because the tumors are often not detected until the later stages of the disease, and even dogs harboring large tumors may show no clinical signs or evidence that they have a life threatening disease.
  • Existing treatments have not improved the overall survival times for dogs with this disease.

Read more about Our Progress So Far and Current CHF-Funded Studies.

Wheaten Health Matters is an independent Facebook group from the SCWTCA Endowment Inc.

If you are interested in participating, go to ‘Wheaten Health Matters’. There are over 12,000 Wheaten owners worldwide who are dedicated to health of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Get important updated information, feedback and support from owners and breeders, and learn from each other.

Wheaten Health Newsletter 3 Wheatens sitting in snow inaugural annual issue released, December 3, 2021!

Introducing the Red Hat Challenge Fund —
a collaboration with
the SCWT Genetic Research Foundation (GRF)


Created to honor Jackie Gottlieb and the late Carol Carlson and to expand our community's commitment to Wheaten genetic research and the SCWT Terrier Database, the Red Hat Challenge Fund has been established with a gift of $10,000 from the SCWT GRF (a certified non-profit corporation). Initially the GRF matched donations up to $15,000, and we are happy to announce that we met that goal in August of 2021; but you can still donate to the Red Hat Fund to honor both Jackie and Carol through October of 2022. Those donations will not be matched but are greatly appreciated.

You can learn more about the Red Hat Challenge Fund and donate at the Red Hat Challenge Fund page.

Donations can be made online at Support the Endowment.


The Endowment is a 501(c)3 corporation, so donations are tax deductible.

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