It’s Deaf Dog Awareness Week: 7 FACTS about deaf dogs
#1 The most common breeds for deafness
- Australian shepherds
- Boston terriers
- Cocker Spaniels
- German Shepherds
- Jack Russell Terriers
- Poodles (toy and miniature breeds)
- West Highland White Terriers
These breeds are noted for their susceptibility for being born deaf, but of course older dogs can also lose their hearing.
#2 Yes, deaf dogs can bark
They may not use barking as a standard form of communication like other dogs do, but barking is instinctual for dogs.
#3 Most of the dogs that are born deaf are white
Dogs born without pigment are also missing “hearing cells” that develop from the same stem cells as pigment-producing cells. If a dog has no pigment in its body, it’s likely that it will be deaf.
#4 Deaf dogs are highly trainable
Just like other dogs, deaf dogs learn hand commands and tricks. Deaf dogs are highly attuned to the people they bond with, so, with training, they “listen” better then most hearing dogs and are trained using hand signals.
If you don’t believe us, a deaf dog from Nova Scotia that was though untrainable, won the Agility Trial Champion of Canada title in July 2016. Read the CBC story here.
#5 They are unfazed by sounds that most dogs are afraid of
So, fireworks, thunderstorms, guns shooting for practice, popping balloons, even smoke detectors don’t scare them. They are typically super calm, love buggies.
#6 The other senses of deaf dogs make up for their hearing loss
Deaf dogs have a highly attuned sense of smell, they feel the vibration of a car coming from a distance, and they use their sight for all it’s worth. That’s how they know to be at the door waiting for you when you come home!