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From time to time when people are considering getting a white boxer they are concerned that the dog might be, or might become, deaf.
Just because a boxer is white does not mean it will be deaf. Most are not. We have read articles that the recessive gene that causes animals (not just boxers) to be white can affect their ears and hearing, especially when the gene becomes predominant ( a good reason for not breeding whites with whites.) It has something to do with the way pigmentation, or the lack thereof, affects cell structures in sensitive areas like the ears.
There are, however, deaf animals, just like there are deaf people. Cats and dogs, brown ones and white ones, boxers and shepherds.
Sometimes it is possible to notice their hearing problem when they are still small puppies. Sometimes it doesn't become noticeable until later in life.
If a deaf dog seemed to hear when it was small, it may have only been responding to your vibrations or smells. Though some animals can lose their hearing later in life, just as we humans can, it is probable that if your puppy can hear when it is little, it will keep its hearing for life. However, many animals, and people, start to lose their hearing when they get old.
We don't know what tomorrow will bring. Life is full of surprises.
What is important is that we know our own abilities and our willingness to try our best to make the most of each day. Then it is a little easier for us to judge risks or situations that we feel we will be able to cope with.
People are surprised every day by just how far they will go, and can go... for love.
We have had a few very nice letters from people who have discovered just how deep their love and devotion to their pets became once they learned they were deaf.|
Not everyone has the temperament or the time and situation to deal with someone who requires this extra attention. This is not bad, but they should know themselves well enough not to take on this challenge if it is too much for them. The same can be said for anyone considering having any pet... whether it can hear or not.
We are humans. Our world revolves around us. Pets are our faithful companions who are subject to us... subject to our kindness as well as our impatience, anger, and other challenges. It is not fair to make an animal suffer any more than it is to hurt our own children.
They depend on us.
If you discover, too late, that your pet is deaf and it is too much for you, at least have the kindness to find it a new home or shelter where it will be loved and treated well. Don't punish it for something which is not its fault. If someone sold you the pet and you feel they wronged you, don't give the pet back to a wrong-doer. Find it a new home or shelter where it will be loved and treated well and then report or contend with the seller in question. Don't involve the innocent dog.
If, however, you discover your dog is deaf and you feel up to the challenge, you may just discover a new window opening in your life that you never dreamed possible.
It doesn't take a super-hero to live with a handicapped pet, especially if the handicap is only its hearing. All it takes is a little time, patience, observation, and a kind heart. It also takes a little bit of good basic common sense.
Life With A Deaf White Boxer
by Clare Jacques and family
Our Boxer dog Murphy has always been one for the ladies so when the chance of a boxer bitch from Boxer Rescue Southern in the United Kingdom came up we jumped at the chance.
We were given a brief history of Maddy who at 18 months old has had a pretty rough start to life. She was rescued from a puppy farm in Ireland where they used her as a breeding bitch. We are not sure how many litters she had but we think it could of been as many as 3. We are pretty sure she was hit as, when we first got her, every time we went to stroke her she flinched. She definitely was not walked or allowed to play. She had various illnesses, I have a vets list as long as your arm The Dogs Trust brought her over to England where she was handed over to a wonderful lady called Shirley from Boxer Rescue who, as usual, did a fantastic job of nursing her back to health. We were told that she was pure white and completely deaf. We have never had a deaf dog but we like a challenge.
To look at Maddy seems like any other boxer, until we actually tell people hardly anybody knows she is deaf. Over the weeks Murphy has gotten to know that Maddy is a little bit special, he knows there is something different about her and in his own way looks out for her.
You begin to realize the simple things you do with a hearing dog can become dangerous for a deaf dog. Murphy knows to sit at the curb and keep back while the cars go past, Maddy on the other hand can see the cars but cannot hear them, to her they look like brightly coloured big toys.
Maddy is a very sociable dog and loves running, chasing, jumping and pinching other dogs sticks, toys etc. This is great until you come across that one dog who doesn't want to play !!! Whilst Murphy can hear the dog growling and snarling, Maddy cant. Thankfully this has only happened once and Murphy put himself between Maddy and the other dog. The term "eyes in the back of your head" applies in a case like this. Common sense tells me that if I see a dog on a lead in an area where normally dogs round around like mad then is there a reason for this, is the dog anti-social, hence the reasons for it being on the lead. When this happens I normally call Murphy back and Maddy follows. I put Maddy on the lead until I have passed the dog.
Even though Maddy is deaf I still call out to her, its second nature !!! When I pat Murphy and tell him good boy I do the same to Maddy. Even though she is deaf she can still sense my body language and the shape my face makes.
Training is not a problem, we use hand signals for sit, stay, lie down. You don't have to follow any particular type but once you have chosen the signals you must stick to them. Remember to make sure the dog has eye contact with you. Maddy quite often gets distracted, I gently move her face to look at me and she soon gets the message I want her to do something. Dog treats are always handy to have as way of praise, along with a stroke and a cuddle.
Murphy has now got to know the sound of our car !!! Normally he is at the front door before we have even put the key in. Maddy is normally crashed out on the sofa and is oblivious to us even being in the house. You know what its like yourself when your in a dead sleep and somebody shakes you to wake you up, it normally scares the living daylights out of you, the same applies to a deaf dog. We normally gently tap the side of the sofa or the floor so she can feel the vibrations and not be scared.
Deaf dogs in my view have the same qualities and love to offer as a hearing dog. With a little bit of patience there is no reason why they cannot be treated the same as a hearing dog.
If you are thinking of getting a dog or maybe adding another dog to your family and have been offered a deaf dog please don't pass them over just because they are deaf, all dogs should be given the same chance in life deaf or otherwise. Deaf dogs can live in harmony with hearing dogs. We are proof it works !
-Love from Murphy and Maddy-
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