This Reporting Issues section provides advice on where, when and to whom it is recommended that you report Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier related health issues, test results and other related health matters.

You will also find the Club A & B lists relating to Wheaten Terriers who die of, or are suspected of having died of, a hereditary disease; or in the case of RD, a list of the parents of Wheaten Terriers proven to have produced offspring with cases of RD.

In addition there is a separate section below providing information about the Worldwide Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Health Survey 2018, and how you can take part.

Please scroll down for more information.

Reporting Health Issues and Test Results

Understanding, the health of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier population is important for the well-being of the Breed both now and in the future. The more information we have about its health, the better we can understand what is affecting the Breed, and how we as a Club can work with the veterinary experts to help manage any health problems we see.


It would be useful for the Club and the Breed as a whole, if you would please let us know should any of the following take place with regard to your Wheaten Terrier.

1. If you undertake any DNA testing for either Protein Losing Nephropathy (PLN) or Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), please share the results with us. We only need the results – we don’t need to know the name of the individual Wheaten Terrier, unless you wish to share this. You can submit these results through the Health Team by contacting them at the following link – Health Team.

Please be aware that if you are a Club Member, and carry out these tests through Laboklin Laboratories, using the special Club endorsed forms to obtain the reduced charges, it is requirement that you do share the test results with the us. See the Testing section under HEALTH for more information on how to obtain these forms.


2. If your dog is diagnosed by a vet as having one of the diseases that may be considered hereditary in Wheaten Terriers (RD or Protein Losing diseases), please contact the Health Team to let them know the details. The Team can be emailed using the following link – Health Team. We will ask for your permission to contact your vet and obtain a copy of the results, which will allow us to pass these onto our Club’s veterinary specialists to review. This information especially, is vital in understanding how these hereditary diseases are affecting our Wheaten Terrier population. We may also, at the same time, be able to pass on advice to you on how these diseases can be best managed to help your Wheaten Terrier continue to live the best life they possibly can.


3. Whilst the Club understand that the death of a Wheaten Terrier is always a heart-breaking time for any owner, we would be extremely grateful if, when you have had time to grieve the passing of your Wheaten Terrier, and feel ready, you please let us know the following information: –

– The name (pet and KC registered) of your Wheaten Terrier
– Their date of birth, the date they passed, and their age
– The cause of death
– Your name

All this information helps us to monitor Wheaten Terrier health.


All information you pass to us will be held in the strictest confidence by the Club. However, if your Wheaten Terrier has, is suspected of having, or dies of, a possible hereditary disease, then further consultation to confirm this is required. Please be aware that it is the Club’s practice, in line with our Code of Ethics, to list details of Wheaten Terriers who die of a hereditary disease, and this is made available to the Membership.

The Club would also strongly recommend that in addition to advising us of any health issues, it is also important that the Owner  advises the Breeder of their Wheaten Terrier too. This information is very important to the Breeder, as it can influence their future breeding plans, and help them to ensure a healthy future for the Breed.

Renal Dysplasia and Protein Losing A & B Lists

It is the Club’s practice, and in line with our Code of Ethics, to list details of Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers who die of, or are suspected of having died of, a hereditary disease; or in the case of RD, to list the parents of Wheaten Terriers proven to have produced offspring with cases of RD. This information is made available to the Membership in the following lists.

Wheatens diagnosed as Losing Protein by a recognised Veterinary Specialist.

* A List – Wheaten Terriers clinically proven by post mortem or biopsy to have been affected by PLE/PLN.
* B List – Wheaten Terriers clinically shown as, or suspected to be, losing protein by a specialist veterinary advisor based on Veterinarian’s records and blood/urine tests. As there is no clear mode of inheritance for Protein Losing diseases the affected dog is listed.

Please click on the following link to download the Losing Protein lists in a new page – Protein Losing A & B Lists

Parents of Wheatens proven to have produced Renal Dysplasia (RD)

* A LIST: Matings, which have produced one or more offspring affected by RD. Each case on this list has been confirmed by post mortem.
* B LIST: Matings which have produced one or more offspring clinically deduced to have died from RD by a Veterinary expert: i.e. dogs under specialist treatment for RD where post mortems were inconclusive (due to excessive scarring of kidney tissues*) or post mortem conclusive but no other reported related cases+ so not necessary “familial” (inherited).

Please click on the following link to download the Renal Dysplasia lists in a new page – RD A & B Lists

Worldwide SCWT Health Survey 2018

Important – This information is for Wheaten Terrier owners anywhere in the World!

The Wheaten Health Survey is now online!

Please take this survey for any Wheaten Terrier you own or have owned since 2000.

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Message from: The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America, Inc.
Dear Wheaten Owners:
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America is dedicated to preservation of the Wheaten Terrier.  We are reaching out to all owners of Wheaten Terriers worldwide to participate in an overall Health Survey specifically designed to identify any significant health or temperament concerns in the breed. With your assistance, we will determine the overall health of the breed and prioritize future research. We hope that you will partner with us in this exciting endeavor.
We know you will agree that the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a very special dog and together we will do all in our power to protect and advance the interests of our beloved breed.

How to take this survey
This is an anonymous and confidential survey which is available on Orthopedic Foundation for Animals website.

“OFA offers breed surveys for a number of breed parent clubs.
These surveys are offered free of charge. All data is used only in aggregate and is kept confidential. No survey results will be traceable to any individual dog. It is hoped that this information will be valuable to breed clubs as they assess the health issues of their breed.”

Please complete the survey once for each Wheaten Terrier (purebred only, no mixes) that you have owned between 2000 to the present, living or dead, healthy or with health issues.

At the end of each survey, click “Finish” and then, if reporting more than one dog, simply take the survey again.

The survey should take about ten minutes but be sure you have the dog’s health records at hand when you begin.

For a number of questions to which you respond “yes,” there will more questions to follow about that condition.

Overall results are compiled by OFA and are available on the Survey page.

Health Survey page on the OFA website at and select ‘Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier’ from the list.

Please pass the word and ask all Wheaten Terrier owners and breeders to complete the survey for their dogs. Your responses provide invaluable information for the overall health and well-being of our breed.

Thank you for participating in the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier of America, Inc. Health Survey.