Breed-Specific Deafness Prevalence In Dogs (percent)

Breed Dogs
Tested
Bilaterally
Hearing
Unilaterally
Deaf
Bilaterally
Deaf
Total Deaf
(uni + bi)
Dalmatian 5,979 71.3% (4,265) 21.2% (1,266) 7.5% (448) 28.7% (1,714)
Bull Terrier
      white
      colored
683
362
313
88.6% (605)
79.6% (288)
98.7% (309)
10.3% (70)
18.2% (66)
1.3% (4)
1.2% (8)
2.2% (8)
0.0% (0)
11.5% (78)
20.4% (74)
1.3% (4)
English Setter 712 87.5% (623) 10.4% (74) 2.1% (15) 12.5% (89)
English Cocker Spaniel
       parti colored
       solid color
1,638
1,510
69
94.5% (1,548)
94.4% (1,426)
98.6% (68)
4.6% (76)
4.8% (72)
1.4% (1)
0.9% (14)
0.8% (12)
0.0% (0)
5.5% (90)
5.6% (84)
1.4% (1)
Australian Cattle Dog 596 85.2% (508) 11.9% (71) 2.9% (17) 14.8% (88)
Catahoula Leopard Dog* 184 58.7% (108) 17.9% (33) 23.4% (43) 41.3% (76)
Jack Russell Terrier*
197
92.4% (182)
4.6% (9)
3.0% (6)
7.6% (15)
Havanese* 168 100% (168) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0)
Whippet*

149

97.9% (146)

 0.7% (1)

1.3% (2)

2.0% (3)
Dogo Argentino* 312 67.9% (212) 25.6% (80) 6.4% (20) 32.1% (100)
Boston Terrier* 164 89.% (147) 4.9% (8) 5.5% (9) 10.4% (17)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel* 23 47.8% (11) 17.4% (4) 34.8% (8) 52.2% (12)
English Bulldog* 5 40.0% (2) 20.0% (1) 40.0% (2) 60.0% (3)
French Bulldog* 8 37.5% (3) 37.5% (3) 25.0% (2)

62.5% (5)

*Insufficient numbers of animals tested at this time for percentages to be meaningful.

The numbers in this table do not reflect numbers reported by others, shown below, but only data that I have collected.

Breed Deafness Prevalence Data from Other Sources [Source Publication]:

  1. Dalmatians (UK) [Wood J, Lakhani K. 1997. Vet J 154:121-33.]
    N = 1,234
    U = 13.1%
    D = 5.3%
    TD = 18.4%
  2. Dalmatians (Switzerland) [Muhle AD et al. 2002. Vet J 163:311-8.]
    N = 575
    U = 9.4%
    D = 7.1%
    TD = 16.5%
  3. Dalmatians (Germany) [Juraschko K et al. 2003. Vet J 166:164-9.]
    N = 1,899
    U = 12.2%
    D = 7.4%
    TD = 19.6%
  4. Border Collies (UK) [DeRisio  L et al. 2011. Vet J 188:286-90.]
    N = 4,143
    U = 2.0%
    D = 0.4%
    TD = 2.4%
  5. Border Collies (UK) [Platt S et al. 2006. J Vet Intern Med 20:1355-62.]
    N = 2,597
    U = 2.3%
    D = 0.5%
    TD = 2.8%
  6. Australian Stumpy-tail Cattle Dogs (Australia) [Sommerlad S et al. 2010. PLoS One 5:e13364.]
    N = 315
    U = 12.4%
    D = 5.4%
    TD = 17.8%
  7. Australian Cattle Dogs (Australia) [Sommerlad SF et al. 2012. BMC Vet Res 8:1-16.]
    N = 899
    U = 7.5%
    D = 3.3%
    TD = 10.8%
  8. Jack Russell Terriers (US) [Comito B, Knowles KE, Strain GM. 2012. Vet J 193:404-7.]
    N = 1,009
    U = 3.57%
    D = 0.5%
    TD = 4.07%

Dr. George M. Strain
Louisiana State University
Comparative Biomedical Sciences

School of Veterinary Medicine
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
Phone: 225-578-9758
Fax: 225-578-9895
E-mail: strain@lsu.edu

June 19, 2015

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