Breed-Specific Deafness Prevalence In Dogs (percent)

Breed Dogs
Tested
Bilaterally
Hearing
Unilaterally
Deaf
Bilaterally
Deaf
Total Deaf
(uni + bi)
Dalmatian 5,839 70.8% (4,135) 21.5% (1,255) 7.7% (448) 29.2% (1,703)
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 705 87.7% (618) 10.2% (72) 2.1% (15) 12.3% (87)
English Cocker Spaniel
       parti colored
       solid color
1,576
1,509
67
94.4% (1,488)
90.2% (1,422)
98.5% (66)
4.8% (76)
4.9% (75)
1.5% (1)
0.8% (12)
0.8% (12)
0.0% (0)
5.6% (88)
5.8% (87)
1.5% (1)
Australian Cattle Dog 543 85.5% (464) 11.4% (62) 3.0% (16) 14.4% (78)
Catahoula Leopard Dog* 176 58.0% (102) 17.6% (31) 24.4% (43) 42.0% (74)
Jack Russell Terrier*
179
92.6% (175)
4.4% (8)
3.4% (6)
7.8% (14)
Havanese* 168 100% (168) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0)
Whippet*

127

98.4% (125)

 0.0% (0)

1.6% (2)

1.6% (2)
Boston Terrier* 104 91.4% (95) 3.9% (4) 4.8% (5) 8.3% (9)
Dogo Argentino* 204 65.7% (134) 26.0% (53) 8.3% (17) 34.3% (70)
Boston Terrier* 135 89.6% (121) 4.4% (6) 4.4% (6) 8.9% (12)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel* 21 42.9% (9) 19.1% (4) 38.1% (8) 57.2% (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.

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 11, 2014

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