The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Open Registry (OR) was established in 1996 by the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America Inc. (SCWTCA) and the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Association of Canada (SCWTAC) to support research at North Carolina State University (NCSU), University of Pennsylvania (Penn), and University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada (Guelph).
Purpose of the Open Registry
The purpose of the OR was to collect health information on Wheatens affected with protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), protein-losing nephropathy (PLN) and renal dysplasia (RD). Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Addison’s disease, and renal failure (RF) were also being tracked.
This information has been vital in our research to discover the mode of inheritance of PLE/PLN, RD, IBD, RF and Addison’s. It continues to remind owners and breeders to closely monitor close relatives of affected dogs before they become ill. This information contributed to discoveries that:
- Helped breeders make informed breeding decisions by knowing if the dogs in their pedigrees include genetic normals, affecteds or carriers.
- Gave owners and veterinarians the opportunity to closely monitor genetic affecteds before they showed symptoms.
- Contributed to the development of diagnostic tools that help diagnose dogs at an early stage in the disease process.
- Provided more insight into associated conditions and risk factors.
- Identified plans to treat these diseases.