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Date Posted: 13:44:36 08/16/04 Mon
Author: Danica Allen
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Subject: Re: How do you know for sure your puppy is deaf?
In reply to: Tori Mueller 's message, "How do you know for sure your puppy is deaf?" on 19:15:04 05/22/04 Sat

I know your message was posted quite a while ago but I saw it and had to respond. I have a deaf boston too. Trigger has more white than most bostons and that I believe is the cause of her deafness. I don't know how much research you have done but I have done some internet research and I definitely believe that Trigger's is related to her one white ear (which is the reason I chose her). Here is something I found on the web:
"Congenital Deafness (which is occasionally seen in Boston Terriers) is caused by a defective gene. There are two pigmentation genes that are often seen in deaf dogs; one is the merle gene, the other is the piebald gene. It is the piebald gene we see in congenitally deaf Boston Terriers. There is vascular degeneration in the ear canal and it appears to be associated with the absence of pigment producing cells in the blood vessels. Deafness usually develops within the first few weeks after birth. Blue eyes, one or both, is also commonly seen in pigment associated deafness. Pigmentation is absent in the iris. Blue eyes, however, do not necessarily mean deafness in a dog. Boston Terriers who are half “white-faced” or have large amounts of white, tend to experience partial or full deafness."
Trig is a great dog - she took a lot longer to potty train but she is 9 months old now and knows how to sit, stay, shake hands, high five, come, and roll over. She is a smart little cookie and I love her dearly.
We didn't know Trigger was deaf when we got her and it was a frusterating few months before we finally figured it out. We didn't have any testing done but I am sure she is deaf. She can hear very, very loud noises (or perhaps it is the vibrations she feels) but she is oblivious to everything else. I try to protect her as much as possible from being startled however, it is important to teach them that it is okay to be started. Sometimes I startle her on purpose and then praise her to let her know it's okay and it's not a bad thing.
She is a sweet heart and I love her dearly but she is also a handful and a lot of work sometimes.
If you paid full price for your pure bread dog you should tell the breeder that your puppy is deaf and ask for a refund. They should also not be breeding the dogs parents any more.
I hope to hear back from you - my email address is danicallen@hotmail.com

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