Health Overview

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a healthy, sturdy and well-muscled dog that given proper care and nourishment will live a long, healthy life. The average Wheaten Terrier lifespan is 12 to 15 years and some live up to 17 years old. However, it is important to know that all dog breeds are susceptible to certain diseases and the Wheaten is no exception. Veterinary research has identified two conditions that seem to have a higher than normal incidence in Wheatens: protein-losing nephropathy (PLN) and protein-losing enteropathy (PLE). Addison’s disease and renal dysplasia (RD) have been found as well. This does not mean that all Wheaten Terriers will have these diseases. The health section will give you more information on these genetic diseases as well as other medical issues.

Health Concerns

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America maintains a watchful eye for potential genetic problems and is proactive in those instances when the general health and well-being of the breed is challenged.

SCWTCA encourages all Wheaten Terrier owners to keep up to date with Wheaten health by visiting our site regularly.

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SCWTCA Health Committee

In furtherance of our mission  “…to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed,”  SCWTCA has an active Health Committee.


Susan Jacobsen Health Committee Chair
Univ of Penn Liaison
Elaine Azerolo Eye Registry
Degenerative Myelopathy
Pam Mandeville Website Liaison – Health Section
Anna Marzolino SCWTCA Endowment Liaison
Susan Ratliffe Health Newsletter
Beth Sorensen OFA & CHIC
Toni Vincent Fecal API Testing
Texas A&M Liaison

If you have questions regarding Wheaten health issues,
contact Susan Jacobsen, Health Committee Chair at health@scwtca.org.

Updated 08/29/2020