Disorder - DeafnessOrgan Systems Involved
Sensorineural deafness (Inherited)
The loss of hearing in one, or both, ears.
Hereditary deafness in dogs involves a decreased ability of the dog to hear. The condition ranges in severity from partial to complete deafness, in either one or both ears. For example, some dogs may not respond to a human call, but will respond to a dog whistle quite well. Others will be unable to detect any sound. Dogs with deafness can be at risk of motor accidents because they cannot hear the traffic. The inner ear of the dog degenerates early in development, so the dog cannot pick up sound with these structures. Some dogs may begin to ignore certain calls if no reward is given repeatedly for response to these calls. However, this should not be confused with deafness.
Dogs at Risk
Dogs with coat coverings of predominantly white, merle, or piebald colouring.
Australian cattle dog
Collie (Rough and Smooth)
Dachshund (long, smooth and wire haired)
Dachshund (miniature - long, smooth and wire-haired)
Fox terrier (Smooth)
Fox terrier (Wire)
Pyrenean mountain dog
Further Reference Material [OMIA Number]