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I am looking to get a pup from a registered breeder. I'm in Queensland Australia. The pup is around six weeks old.

Looking at the 'net there seems to be numerous statements that the more white the dog the more prone they will be to deafness both congenital and gradual onset.

The pup has very little colouring and is almost pure white. This does concern me and I'm wondering if I should give it a miss. I hope I'm not coming across as heartless.

I've attached a couple of photos sent to me by the breeder.

Any advice please.

Vic
 

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Deafness does have a link with lack of pigment. You can ask the breeder to do a BAER test, if you are concerned.
 

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Deafness does have a link with lack of pigment. You can ask the breeder to do a BAER test, if you are concerned.
Thanks for that. I've had two foxies before and to be quite honest I can't imagine one with an almost pure white head. I've googled and not found one image.

My last foxie did go deaf around 10 years old and he had a mostly brown head.

I used to run in the bush with him and it could be quite a challenge sometimes trying to get him back when he dashed off on his own.

For this reason it would be quite a problem if the one I'm considering got deaf at an early age.

The white head still has me puzzled as I can't picture them with this and the fact that I can't find even one image after googling, has me a bit concerned. My instincts are starting to kick in and I'm starting to be a little bit wary.

I will talk to my vet about this and thanks again for your input and the suggestion for the test.

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Well on discussing with my partner we have decided to give this pup a miss. We have found another breeder with a litter arriving in a few weeks so we will have the luxury of selection.

I/We will be back to here as soon as the pup is with us. Reading bits and pieces of it now... the forum looks great.

Bye for now,

Vic
 
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