Breed-Specific Deafness Prevalence In Dogs (percent)

Breed Dogs
Tested
Bilaterally
Hearing
Unilaterally
Deaf
Bilaterally
Deaf
Total Deaf
(uni + bi)
Dalmatian 6,122 71.7% (4,391) 21.0% (1,283) 7.3% (448) 28.3% (1,731)
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 733 87.4% (641) 10.4% (76) 2.2% (16) 12.6% (92)
English Cocker Spaniel
       parti colored
       solid color
1,589
1,510
69
94.5% (1,501)
94.4% (1,426)
98.6% (68)
4.8% (76)
4.8% (72)
1.4% (1)
0.6% (12)
0.8% (12)
0.0% (0)
5.5% (88)
5.6% (84)
1.4% (1)
Australian Cattle Dog 602 85.4% (514) 11.8% (71) 2.8% (17) 14.6% (88)
Dogo Argentino 577 70.9% (406) 22.9% (132) 6.2% (36) 29.1% (168)
Catahoula Leopard Dog* 200 58.5% (117) 18.0% (36) 23.5% (47) 41.5% (83)
Jack Russell Terrier*
208
90.9% (189)
5.3% (11)
3.8% (8)
9.1% (19)
Havanese* 168 100% (168) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0)
Whippet*

163

97.5% (159)

1.2% (2)

1.2% (2)

2.5% (4)

Boston Terrier* 237 91.1% (216) 5.1% (12) 3.8% (9) 9.9% (21)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel* 22 45.5% (10) 18.2% (4) 36.4% (8) 54.5% (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

February 13, 2019

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