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This is my first post. I've been reading the threads and have learned a great deal so far. I want to purchase an older pup and the breeder has a 1 yo for sale that is deaf in one ear. Does anyone know what this means in terms of the long-term health of the dog? Is it safe to think that the dog won't go totally deaf later on? Does deafness have anything to do with CD? Can a deaf pet be certified for pet therapy, which is what I want the pet for. Lots of questions . . .your advise is greatly appreciated.
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I don't know a havanese that is deaf in one ear but I know a belgian that is deaf in one ear. It has a UDX obedience title though so obviously they can be trained very well. She actually didn't know her dog was deaf in the ear until it was older. She is just a pet and they always thought she listened well. They started to wonder why she was blowing them off and they had her ears checked. I don't think the TDI test has any form of ailment restrictions that I remember at least. I know AKC has some rules against performance and lame, blind, and deaf dogs though. Have you gone to meet the dog yet? I would definetly want to meet a dog at a year old that I was considering doing therapy work with.

Hope it slightly helps and I am sure there are some breeders out here who can tell you a lot more.

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I also know of a lady who has a deaf dog. ( both ears) He plays and seems to lead a normal life with his other dog pals. I agree with Amanda in meeting the dog first.
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I just read in the book "The Havanese" that the reported cases of a havanese being deaf - they also had other signs of "issues" with CD.Just thought I'd pass along what I read........

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Thanks all for your reply. I plan to visit the dog as well as speak with the breeder further. I'm also going to get feedback from the vet.
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i doubt you'll have any issues. You can't tell if a dog is deaf in one ear unless it is tested. Their hearing is better than ours, so one ear is enough for a pet. One of the most famous Havanese show dogs is a uni too.
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I hope things work out for you.........

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Deafness is one of the health concerns with dalmations . I had a friend who had a dalmation who was deaf in both ears and I had absolutely no idea until he told me . He appeared to be totally normal .. The dog was amazing and a wonderful companion . He was a one person dog - devoted to his owner probably understandable because of his disability .
I would not eliminate a dog because he was deaf in one ear .. I am sure there are people who could give you advice on how to manage this disability .
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Thanks Greg, Reece, Julie & Cosmosmom for your reply. I'm going to see the dog in a few days.
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I'm sorry to say that one of the best things that happened to us years ago was when our Sheltie went deaf in both ears. She stopped barking at every sound and "freaking out" on the Fourth of July because of the fireworks.

We never had to worry about her wandering off. Although, she was always in our fenced yard or on a leash, since that's one of the laws in our city. She was always that way, though, I think it was due to the extremely strong protective (of what they consider to be their "charge") instinct Shelties have. Also, we had another dog, during the same time, whose lead she would follow. She lost her hearing at age 6 and lived a great life until age 14!

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