soft coated wheaten terrier breed information

common health issues

These conditions are commonly associated with a merle coat with excessive white. Microphthamlia is a small eye which appears recessed in the eye socket, and can come with defects in the cornea, lens and retina. Partial deafness can also occur with this condition. Affected pups are often blind, but can compensate well for lost vision.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

In Familial Kidney Disease, the kidneys are normal at birth but deteriorate rapidly. We can start to see the signs of early kidney failure at less than one year of age and some of these patients will succumb to kidney failure within five years. Treatment centers on slowing the progression of kidney disease and managing clinical signs.

As its name implies, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is known for its soft, wavy, wheat-colored coat. Like some other Terriers, it hails from Ireland. However, unlike its cousins, the Kerry Blue and Irish Terrier, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was known as a poor man’s dog. He lived the life of an all-purpose farm dog, patrolling the borders of the farm to kill mice and other vermin, herding the farmer’s flocks and hunting with his two-legged parents.

While Terriers are generally known for their overly plucky attitudes, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a bit more reserved. At 30 to 40 lbs., this breed is considered medium-sized. Wheatens are highly adaptable – if given adequate daily exercise, they can be happy in the city or the country, on the farm or in a high rise. Their coats require some maintenance to prevent matting.

Although a highly adaptable breed, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that may adversely affect their health – as well as your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Wheatens are prone to include kidney diseases such as protein losing enteropathy and nephropathy, as well as familial kidney disease; eye conditions such as cataracts and microphthalmia; and endocrine disorders such as hypoadrenocorticism.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Wheaten inherits anything more than a laidback attitude, you’re protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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