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Are Australian Shepherds prone to deafness?

I've had my gorgeous Aussie, Nakota, for about 2 weeks now. I've been noticing strange behavior with her. She won't respond to any sound. I clapped my hands behind her head, and she didn't do a thing. Do you think she is deaf? I am taking her to the Vet for a checkup in a few days.


Asked by Member 977595 on May 15th 2010 Tagged deafness, aussie in Other Health & Wellness
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Hurricane Jack

Sometimes bad breeding can cause them to be deaf. If both of her parents were merles then its almost a given that she is deaf. Although its not always the case, she could just be deaf for whatever reason or she could just have very selected hearing. My grandfather used to breed Australian Shepherds and one of his litters one puppy was born deaf and blind for no apparent reason. I dont think its common for AS though, just when 2 merles breed. Good luck with her. They are a great breed!


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Shane DEC '08-JAN '12 RIP

If her head is mostly white with little or no coloring on or around her ears, chances are pretty good she's deaf. She can still lead a full and happy life, you'll just need to look into dealing with her deafness and training her to hand signals. Good luck with her.


Shane DEC '08-JAN '12 RIP answered on 5/15/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer