Is my completely white blue heeler/ACD going to be blind or deaf ?
I've recently purchased Al he's a registered blue heeler/ACD and turned 4 months old yesterday but he's still completely white, not a single touch of coloring. And I've heard that white heelers are rare and prone to blindness and deafness ...is this true ... And is he still considered "purebred"
on Jan 21st 2013
in Other Health & Wellness
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The blindness/deafness associated with double merle breedings is present from birth and doesn't develop as the dog grows.
The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized, short-coated dog that occurs in two main colour forms. It has either brown or black hair distributed fairly evenly through a white coat, which gives the appearance of a "red" or "blue" dog. It has been nicknamed a "Red Heeler" or "Blue Heeler" on the basis of this colouring and its practice of moving reluctant cattle by nipping at their heels. (wiki)
if he is not blind or deaf now be happy, 1 out of 10 puppies are. If he gets old and goes blind or deaf it happens to dogs due to age.
hope that helps, don't worry about it now if he is fine.