Please consider having DNA from all Wheatens’ that you own or breed, stored at The Animal Health Trust (AHT).
DNA is important for the future of the breed. ALL dogs, even those who are never bred from, are important.
It is hoped that this DNA will enable researchers to find the deleterious (bad) mutations which cause hereditary diseases.
In the future, if breeders have ALL health information, including if a dog has these deleterious mutations, it will enable the breeder
to select ‘safe’ breeding combinations. Over time, the deleterious mutations may be eliminated from the gene pool.
Just once, DNA can be stored indefinitely.
First check that your breeder has not already stored DNA prior to purchase.
Storage can be achieved in two ways:
Cheek swab - which is simple and easy and does not require a visit to the Vet.
Blood sample - if your Wheaten is having blood taken for the recommended annual testing, an additional amount of 5ml. blood sample in an EDTA Tube can be sent to the AHT for DNA storage purposes.
DNA from family groups will be vital for future research and many breeders have DNA stored from each of the puppies in their litters, prior to the pups leaving for their new homes:
Blood sample - if you are having your puppies kidney function tested, an additional amount of 5ml. blood sample in an EDTA Tube can be sent to
the AHT for DNA storage purposes.
Swab Kits are available from the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of GB. Contact the Health Team mail address.
Click here for AHT Submission Forms (pdf format):
Send to the AHT:
Please inform the AHT of any illnesses that your dog(s)/Puppy(s) has, and keep them updated of any major health changes after the DNA blood sample has been submitted.
Please inform your breeder and the SCWT Club of GB if you have your Wheatens' DNA stored at the AHT.
*WHI can supply a pedigree upon request. We will require your dog’s Kennel Club name, parent names and date of birth.
The AHT are an external Laboratory that has facilities to undertake testing and screening. Select this link for
The Animal Health Trust can also undertake a Post Mortem if
this is considered appropriate by your Vet.