|While deafness does occur in the breed, the vast
majority of Dalmatians can hear
Careful breeding can produce better than average hearing.
- ~70% of Dalmatians have bilateral hearing. They hear with both ears.
- ~22% have unilateral hearing. They hear with only one ear.
- ~8% are totally deaf. This unlucky minority do not hear at all.
Note: These statistics are representative of pre-weaned puppies.
Total Congenital Deafness (should it occur) is detectable before the puppy begins it's eighth week of
development (see Ethics #'s 9 & 10).
A reliable method for assessing hearing is available.
- Select only bilaterally hearing dogs for breeding.
- Choose from lines with the fewest deaf relatives.
- Do not repeat breeding with dogs that produce many deaf pups.
- Favor breeding dogs with brown eyes.
Dalmatian Club of America members provide only hearing dogs for sale or placement.
- Puppies can be tested as early as 5 weeks of age.
- The BAER test method provides a
permanent record of a dog's hearing status.
- If a Dal hears as a pup it will hear as an adult, barring injury, infection or old age.
The DCA has long been committed to improving the overall hearing rate in the Dalmatian.
- Where BAER testing is not available, breeders rely on home
- Responsible breeders provide sales agreements guaranteeing that a puppy can hear.
- The DCA provides breeder referral information to help you
find healthy, well-bred puppies.
- DCA sponsored research continues to lead to a better understanding of
- An open Hearing Registry has been established to maintain
a database of BAER test results.
- The purpose of DCA policies regarding deafness are to advance the quality of the breed.
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