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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Excess White (Mismarked) Australian Shepherd Puppy Concern

My puppy is 7 weeks old and he has excess white on his head. One side is almost solid white with pink eye rim and a blue eye. The other side has a dark eye with a dark rim.

I am concerned about hearing defects related to this. He doesn't seem to be reacting if I clap or whistle or call him and I can't tell if its because he's new here or if he cannot hear. Any suggestions?

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Excess white markings
by: Anonymous

Just because there is a lot of white does not mean that the puppy will have hearing problems. A double merle puppy will most of the time have blindness and trouble hearing. The best way to tell if something is going on is to get your vet to check the puppy. Make sure you request for the puppy to be checked for hearing loss and vision impairment.

by: Anonymous

Take him to the vet. They will do a hearing test. My boy looks similar but with a little pink around the eye. No issues whatsoever. Good luck.

by: Anonymous

Yes, excess white especially on the head/around the ears IS associated with an increased risk of deafness. Your description of his behavior sounds as if he may be. Have him checked by a qualified vet.

This is not related to a homozygous merle (and is not associated with blindness). Same problem though—not enough pigment in the developing structures of the embryo's inner ear results in deafness.

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