i was wondering is white GSD's are mostlikely deaf like the white boxers? i appreciate your help.:) ps. i think i should add that i'm looking into rescuing a GSD and not breeding...i didn't want anyone to misunderstand my reasoning for asking the question.
the probability of deafness comes if they also have blue eyes. the chemicle that makes them blue also causes deafness. if they have one blue eye that ear may have no hearing, same with blue merle coats, odd but thats what ive been told
I had a white German Shepherd for 7 years. She wasn't deaf, but she sure didn't listen when we called her when little dogs were around! We ended up taking her to a German Shepherd rescue because she was attacking little dogs in the neighborhood. One of my neighbors was going to shoot her (had his gun in hand and everything) so I thought it would be best if she went to a safer home.
My mom has 2 white GSDs. No hearing problem , but one has a pancreatic dysfunction. (She can't digest food unless you put special enzymes on it to break it down.) I don't think this is a common problem in them, though.
I have a white APBT and she is deaf. The probability of a solid white dog having Congential deafness is higher because of the absence of pigment cells. The only way to be certain of a dog's hearing status is to have its hearing tested by the BAER test.
thank you all. I don't know if we'll actually be getting a white one, but i just wanted to be sure they weren't prone to deafness. thanks again, your responses were all very informational (whew big word! :] )
I think the only time a white dog is prone to deafness is if they are a true albino. Dog genetics allow for a white coat (oxidized color, or just plain white) without being albino. Also we should point out that the blue-eyed thing does not apply to Siberian Huskies. Blue eyes in Huskies are not a genetic defect like they are in most breeds. They are just a product of their breeding conditions.