A total of 824 forms were sent out to Wheaten owners in January 2004, and 380 returned, representing 505 live dogs, a 46.1% response rate.
This represented 2.77% of all breed returns.
Mortality data - Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers:
A total of 111 deaths were reported and this represents 0.7% of all deaths reported in the survey (111/15,881).
The median age at death for Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers was 12 years and 6 months (min = 6 months, max = 17 years) and this was higher than the overall median of 11 years and 3 months.
Mortality data - all breeds:
Deaths were reported for 165 breeds. The median age at death overall was 11 years and 3 months (minimum = 2 months, maximum = 23 yrs and 5 months.
Only 20% of dogs remained alive at 14 years of age and this had fallen to <10% by 15 years.
Table 1 Causes of death by organ system/category for SCWT
Table 2 Distribution of gender and neuter status for 502 SCWT with reported gender and
There was no association between gender and neuter status.
Table 3 Disease conditions by organ system/category for SCWT
Reproduced by kind permission of the Kennel Club
Report from the Kennel Club/British Small Animal Veterinary Association Scientific Committee.
Source : The KC/BSAVA Scientific Committee Purebred Dog Health Survey Questionnaire.
Author: Dr Vicki Adams of the Animal Health Trust.
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