7 Beloved Breeds and Their Common Health Problems



Dalmatians, like 91 other breeds, have higher numbers of deafness. Surprisingly this condition has been linked to the breed’s coat (specifically the piebald gene) and breeders have been urged to test for hearing loss and breed against deafness by organizations like the Dalmatian Club of America. Puppies can be tested for hearing loss at as young as 5 months, luckily, with a test known as the BAER test. 70% of the breed can hear with both ears, while 22% hear with only one ear.


  1. hardyboys

    Good info

  2. vet1

    Always good to consider this when selecting a breed.

  3. anon

    Also make sure your vet knows about common health issues so you can screen for them early.

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