Hi, I just rescued a sheep dog and she is deaf. is this common for this breed? Should i be looking for anything else that she might have?
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I joined this forum when we brought home a deaf puppy in 2004. Congenital deafness does run in the breed, and can be passed on by the most responsible breeders, because dogs can be unilaterally (one ear) or bilaterally (both ears) deaf. Unilaterally deaf dogs compensate extremely well, and often owners have no idea that the dog has this condition. Our dog was bilaterally deaf, and we trained him using hand signals and lots of treats.

Three of my closest friends are veterinarians. I asked about other health conditions related to deafness before we brought our puppy home. They researched and found that there are no other health issues associated with deafness. My dog had an autoimmune disorder, so lots of health issues, but they were not related in any way to his deafness.

This forum is a treasure trove of information. If you use the search button above, and search key word "deaf", you will find lost of threads that contain info about deaf sheepdogs. I posted under Oscar's Mom, if you wanted to add that to the search, but there were many other folks with great info that helped me out so you might want to keep it more general.

Oscar passed away in 2015, and I miss him every day. He was something very special. If I were to get another dog, I would get another deaf dog in a heartbeat.

All the Best,
Laurie (Oscar's Mom)
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