Canine Deafness


Congenital deafness in canines, the main cause of deafness (there are other causes however, please read the articles below to find out more), can be either acquired via intrauterine infections, drugs, or toxic exposure before or soon after birth, or inherited.  Inherited deafness is usually associated with pigmentation, where a white coat increases the likelihood of deafness. Two pigmentation genes are often associated with deafness in dogs: the merle gene and the piebald gene. This type of deafness, which develops in the first few weeks after birth while the ear canal is still closed, results from the degeneration of part of the blood supply to the cochlea in the inner ear. The nerve cells of the cochlea die and permanent deafness results. This is due to the absence of pigment cells (melanocytes) in the blood vessels.

Our boy, Lucas, has congenital, inherited deafness in both ears. He has no hearing whatsoever. Despite this fact, he is one of the most social, outgoing dogs you will ever meet, and melts the hearts of whomever has the good fortune to cross his path. It is because of Lucas that we have embarked on a journey to educate others on canine deafness, help families and adoption centers learn how to train deaf dogs, and assist in the placement of deaf dogs throughout the country. He is our deaf dog ambassador and you can follow his life and adventures below, on his dedicated page, as well as on our Facebook page.

Below, you will find articles about canine deafness as well as general information and training tips. Come back often as we will add new articles from time to time.


Lucas has his own Instagram page! If you would like to follow him, it's right this way:

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