Funded Research

If you are interested in reading more about funded research related to Wheatens, you can search by breed on the AKC Canine Health Foundartion (CHF) site:

www.akcchf.org/research/funded-research

Genetic Testing for PLN-Associated Variant Genes

After years of research supported by hundreds of Wheatens and their owners and breeders, Dr. Meryl Littman and Dr. Paula Henthorn at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) identified mutations associated with PLN in two genes. A cheek swab test to determine an individual dog’s DNA status was introduced in May 2012. Read More ➤

Statement on Genetic Testing for PLN-Associated Variant Genes

Responsible Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier breeders and stud dog owners breed for type, temperament, soundness and health. The recent introduction of the test for PLN-associated variant genes gives us an additional tool to use in the health assessment of breeding stock. Using this test should give Wheaten breeders the ability to reduce the incidence of dogs with these variant genes slowly and carefully while still maintaining genetic diversity.

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America, Inc., and the SCWTCA Endowment, Inc., endorse testing for PLN-associated variant genes by breeders and stud dog owners as one tool in the assessment of breeding stock.

We strongly encourage all owners to become familiar with the test and to understand the meaning of the results and their use in breeding. Resources are available in the health section of the SCWTCA website at www.scwtca.org/health. SCWTCA neither requires nor prohibits any form of breeding beyond what is currently in the Code of Ethics.

All Wheaten owners should remember that screening for health goes beyond performing this test. Members of SCWTCA are reminded of the requirements of the Code of Ethics in regard to other testing and breeding requirements.

Launch of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Database

After a number of years of development, the SCWTCA Endowment, Inc., is excited to announce the launch the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Database at http://www.scwtdb.org.

This database was originally developed by the Berner-Garde Foundation 30 years ago and is in use by several other breeds in addition to Wheatens. Starting with San Jeffries’ database of 46,000 dogs, a team of volunteer data operators has added dogs so we are debuting with records on nearly 60,000 Wheatens from around the world.

In furtherance of the Endowment’s mission, we believe the detailed collection of health and pedigree information in the database will help to identify, track, and reduce the incidence of health problems in the SCWT. Wheaten owners, breeders, and researchers can be used it to assist with decisions about the care and welfare of their dogs to make breeding decisions. We expect veterinarians and veterinary researchers working with Wheatens will find it a valuable data source.

The integrity of the information in the database is vital to its purpose. Much of the data comes from voluntary submissions from owners, which is verified before being published. Publicly available information, such as records from kennel clubs and OFA is also included as verified.

The best way to appreciate the potential of the Database is to use it! It is accessible to all at www.scwtdb.org once you’ve read and accepted the policies. Start by looking up your own dogs and seeing what the Database can do: from producing pedigrees to searching for dogs meeting specific criteria. (While the Database is easy to use, you’ll also find a link to a User’s Guide on the home page.) This will show you how you can help by submitting information on your own dogs to make the Database more robust. There are forms for sending information to add; and you can upload photos of your dog, both formal show shots and informal candids.

Despite the care our operators take, errors are, of course, inevitable. If you find a problem, please report it at comments@scwtdb.org.