Actually, some people use performance titles as a reason to breed. If you've got a BC who's a great agility dog, you might just breed him to get more great agility dogs. If he's congenitally deaf, well -- so what? He can still produce great agility dogs. They might be deaf, too, but that doesn't matter, right? They can still do agility.I see not showing deaf dogs, but... competing?
Who gives a pee if they can't hear. They're not competing to prove they're top in their breed, they're proving they're the best at their career.
I really fail to care about deafness in dogs. Maybe that makes me a jerk but I live with one and frankly the impact it has on her life is like... nil.But being deaf... isn't really a big deal?
I mean yes there are additional things you need to consider, but it's not like the dog is suffering or has a shortened lifespan like other genetic diseases.
Maybe they haven't been able to come up with a workaround for the verbal sit command on the go-outs. Hard for a dog to respond to a hand signal when its back is to you. Of course, in real life people can use the buzz from an ecollar -- but good luck getting AKC to allow ecollars in the ring.SWELL ... AKC said "NO" to obedience for deaf dogs. Agility, Rally and Tracking are good to go ... but NOT Obedience. IDIOTS ... each and every one of them.