Are All White Dogs Deaf?

So what, if anything, does a white coat have to do with hearing loss?

The ability to hear is made possible by a special layer of cells within the inner ear. 

Dogs that carry the piebald gene are often affected by deafness.
 

 Piebaldism results from the absence of melanocytes, the cells that create the pigment melanin

Dogs that carry the piebald gene are often affected by deafness.

Piebaldism results from the absence of melanocytes, the cells that create the pigment melanin

These melanocytes are the part of a dog’s DNA that determines coloration, such as brown or black hair, or blue or brown eyes (blue eyes are not a true eye color, but rather result from the lack of color-producing pigment within the iris)

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