Deaf Dog Myth # 4
Deaf dogs have other health problems or won't live as long
or be as healthy as other dogs.
As far as I know, deafness has not been linked to any other health problems. My deaf dogs are all healthy with no issues. Many hearing dogs have health problems, and I’m sure there are many deaf dogs with health issues as well. But these health issues are in addition to the deafness, not because of it. Some deafness is caused by genetics. Breeders should educate themselves about how to remove these genetic lines from their breeding dogs. When adopting a dog, it’s important to find out as much as you can about the dog’s health and genetic history so you can make informed decisions.