Wire Hair in Dog – Wh Locus

41.90 € inc. Vat

Gene: RSPO2
Allelic series (mutation) Whw (insertion) > wh+
Breeds: Airedale Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Silky Terrier, Australian Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Bull Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Cesky Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, German Hunting Terrier, English Toy Terrier (Black &Tan), Fox Terrier (Smooth), Fox Terrier (Wire), Irish Glen Of Imaal Terrier, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Irish Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier, Japanese Terrier, Norfolk Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, Russian Black Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Skye Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Brazilian Terrier, Tibetan Terrier, Welsh Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier

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Product Description

Wire Hair in Dog – Wh Locus

Wire hair describes the coarse, bristly coat especially common in terrier breeds. It is also associated with a pattern of increased hair length around the chin, muzzle and above the eyes (referred to as facial furnishings). A 167 bp insertion in R-spondin 2 gene (RSPO2) was associated with wire hair and furnishings. RSPO2 is a secreted activator of a signalling pathway implicated in several aspects of hair follicle biology. The trait is dominant to smooth coat.


Cadieu, E., Neff, M.W., Quignon, P., Walsh, K., Chase, K., Parker, H.G., Vonholdt, B.M., Rhue, A., Boyko, A., Byers, A., et al. (2009). Coat variation in the domestic dog is governed by variants in three genes. Science 326, 150–153.