The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier breed can be prone to:
- Hip dysplasia
- Protein losing nephropathy¹ which is a condition where the kidneys do not work properly and protein is lost into the urine.
- Protein losing enteropahy¹ which is where protein is lost from the intestines, and this is normally associated with inflammatory bowl disease in this breed.
- Addison's disease² which is a condition where a dog's body is unable to produce a normal level of natural steroid (called cortisol).
- Degenerative myelopathy³, a condition which causes progressive paralysis in a dog's hindlimbs.
- Renal dysplasia which is where the kidney does not develop properly and so cannot function normally.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing:
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.
¹S. L. Vaden et al, 'Food Hypersensitivity Reactions in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers with Protein-Losing Enteropathy or Protein-Losing Nephropathy or Both: Gastroscopic Food Sensitivity Testing, Dietary Provocation,and Faecal Immunoglobulin E', 2000, Journal of Veterinary
²S. L. Vaden et al, 'Internal Medicine Familial renal disease in soft‐coated wheaten terriers', 2013, Journal of Veterinary and Emergency Critical Care
³M. Kohyama et al, 'Degenerative myelopathy in the Collie breed: a retrospective immunohistochemical analysis of superoxide dismutase 1 in an affected Rough Collie, and a molecular epidemiological survey of the SOD1: c.118G>A mutation in Japan', 2017, Journal of Veterinary medical Science