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    I don't agree with it and I don't agree with the breed that has such a very high rate of deafness , also the normality being accepted of the rest being deaf in only one ear...should be bred at all.
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    I contacted a professor in the US for a lay-mans explanation. I read his 2001 study on it and asked him if after 10 years down the track there were any answers.

    Although we know it to be a genetic disorder, we still do not know the
    gene or genes responsible for white pigment-associated deafness. It is
    by far the greatest problem in the Dalmatian breed.
    Maybe Dals are more likely than other breeds to
    carry a second gene required for deafness to occur. We don't know.
    Pigment associated deafness also shows up in cats, mice, cows, horses,
    pigs, mink, and people. In humans a good number of genes have been shown to cause the disorder, but none has been shown to be the cause in dogs.

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    Good Dal breeders don't breed from dogs that are deaf in one ear.

    Unfortunately though before the BAER test became available those dogs deaf in one ear were not detected using the old methods due to a dogs hearing being so good.

    Dogs deaf in one ear are not PTS but should be ruled out from breeding.

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    Well better than good news... Gus is has hearing in both ears ... but I shall tell you now he may as well be deaf....he is shocking at re-call... you can say Gus come here as much as you want he will come straight away some times.. others he will just stare at you then start sniffing somewhere.... aaahhh geezzz

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    I'm sorry that you had to go though this, but for what it's worth I have trained a few deaf dogs (they actually do really well, but do require life long management). I used the resources at the following website to help me......

    DDEAF Training Tips

    All the best.

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    I have a dalmatian called Dali (incase you are still looking for name ideas lol) She is almost 14 now so 14 years ago things may have been different but one of her litter mates was deaf. The breeder sold the deaf pup with another pup to the new owner. This is in WA so prehaps being a different state we have different rules, but yeah, the pup wasn't PTS
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    Hi ClareBear, the breeder may not have been registered with the Dalmatian Club.

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    but I shall tell you now he may as well be deaf....he is shocking at re-call
    I think that's normal for a dalmation but you can win - don't give up. keep up with the training, don't break his name by using it when he's not coming. While he's a puppy - only say his name when you're about to give him a treat or dinner, or he's already coming. Only say your recall word - when he's already coming to you - and try to re-inforce it with some yummy treats as often as possible.

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    I'm a bit confused about the recall training comment though. If you've only had the pup for a week you're lucky if he comes even once. I've been doing recall training with my dog for 2 months and it's still not always perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I'm a bit confused about the recall training comment though. If you've only had the pup for a week you're lucky if he comes even once. I've been doing recall training with my dog for 2 months and it's still not always perfect.
    I understand that but its paying attention in general.. he gets distracted very very very easily, he is also a massive biter..... if I was a breeder selling a deaf dally I would want pretty good certification that the person I was selling him too knew exactly how to live with and train a deaf dalmatian otherwise the dog would most certainly end up in a pound or being sold to another incompetant person....

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