DNA Storage at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), UK

Please consider having DNA from all Wheatens’ that you own or breed, stored at The Animal Health Trust (AHT).

Why is DNA storage important?

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.

What will this mean for breeders and owners?

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.

How often do I have to collect DNA from my dog?

Just once, DNA can be stored indefinitely.

How do I store DNA?

First check that your breeder has not already stored DNA prior to purchase.

1. Single Dog(s):

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.

2. Litters:

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:

Cheek swab - which is simple and easy and does not require a visit to the Vet.

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):

Single Dog

Litter

Send to the AHT:

  • Cheek swabs or blood sample
  • Completed AHT Forms
  • a 5 generation pedigree*

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.

Who should I inform if I store DNA?

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.


Animal Health Trust (AHT) – Diagnostic Services UK:

The AHT are an external Laboratory that has facilities to undertake testing and screening. Select this link for further information.

The Animal Health Trust can also undertake a Post Mortem if this is considered appropriate by your Vet.