Dalmatian Question

some breeder has told me that Dalmatians are 90% deaf and its natural by thier birth......we...

some breeder has told me that Dalmatians are 90% deaf and its natural by thier birth......we didn't know that they are deaf after four months of thier life.......is its true??????.....plz tell me!!!!!!friends

    In Dalmatian - Asked by fanik - 9/19/2010 7:08:31 AM
I had my dalmatian till she was 10 yrs old and she was never deaf? She was a great watch dog and she could hear things coming that I was unaware of till they were closer.
    Answered by Anonymous - 9/22/2010 3:02:54 AM

It is true that the Dalmatian breed is prone to deafness, but most of them are not deaf. When picking out a puppy be sure that he/she responds to sound before you adopt unless you are prepared to deal with a deaf dog (which can make great pets with the right patience and training)
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/3/2010 4:21:18 AM

I have been breeding Dalmatians for over 30 years. In that time I have had one deaf puppy born to us. Dalmatians don't go deaf. If they are deaf, they are born that way. Some Dals only hear out of one ear but that does not make them deaf, that makes them a 'uni'. A good breeder will know if a puppy is deaf for sure by the time they would go to a new home...8 weeks at the earliest and should not sell it. Also a breeder should be providing you with a health guarantee.
    Answered by dalgal1956 - 10/4/2010 6:38:54 PM

My family has had two dalmatian now and both can hear fine they're wonderful dogs.
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/6/2010 11:30:31 PM

Yes, some dalmatians have deaf issuess when they are born. I'm watching Dog101 right now and they just said that. That particular dalmatian on the show got deaf in one ear at age 4months. So it is possible
    Answered by brjtj8910 - 10/11/2010 11:33:59 AM

A responsible dalmatian breeder will have all their pups BAER hearing tested at a licensed vet and is able to show you the results of the test. If I remember correctly it is somewhere between 15-25% of the Dal population has hearing problems and this includes the Uni (only able to hear from 1 ear).
    Answered by sptdog333 - 12/24/2010 1:10:34 PM

We have a deaf Dalmation and she is the BEST Dal we have had. We taught her our own hand signals. She is 8 years old and was born deaf. The breeder was going to put her down but we said no, we would keep her and so glad we did. She was having some stiff joint trouble and our vet told us to give her 1/2 of glycussimin condroutin tablet and she is like a puppy again. In the fall (we live in PA) she bites her feet so we put dog boots on her when she goes outside until we get a good frost, then the boots stay off til next fall.
    Answered by Anonymous - 2/26/2011 6:57:04 PM

Honestly, a good breeder of Dalmatians is supposed to do one of the two things, kill the deaf pup to prevent further breeding or spay/neuter the deaf pup (which I prefer) to prevent breeding of the deaf pup. Good breeders will not breed deaf pups. And only 1 out of ten litters will have a deaf pup naturally.
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/8/2011 11:24:22 AM

I was unaware Dalmatians have a deaf issue. Our Daisy shows signs of deafness at the age of 12. My grand-daughter is teaching her sign lauguage. Is doing pretty good at it.
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/17/2011 4:28:07 PM

Its perfectly normal for a dalmatian to be deaf in at least one ear. Its just something thats part of the breed and if you teach them sign language they will learn it fast and still be great pets.
    Answered by Anonymous - 1/16/2012 5:33:10 PM