I heard if a Dalmatian does not have a lot of black spots that could mean it deaf. Have you heard of this?she's an adorable little BC mix girlie!
that degree of pink-ness in that mix can be common with a deaf dog.
and I love pitties too!
I've worked with deaf dogs at the shelter.
She really is precious, congrats!
I was once talking to a guy about Dalmatians lacking spots could be deaf and the guy pulled out his pen and pretend to made black dots on my arm. It was very funny! I also heard firemen used Dalmatians b/c they are deaf .I haven't heard this quite specifically. Dal puppies are born white and develop the spots at about 3 weeks; sometimes Dalmatians have spot colors other than black. Typically called "liver"; also the spots correlate to nose color often.
There are other colors and patterns possible too but they are rare and/or not "accepted" by the national breed clubs. Here's an interesting page on it: http://paisleydals.com/color.html
What I understood was that type, amount and location of pigment all can affect whether a Dal is deaf.
I don't think I had seen anyone with a Dalmatian in my city , I do see a lotBlack dots...hehe...if he'd had a brown marker he could made brown spots for the chocolate colored spots on the liver Dals, like in the link.
At one time the very athletic Dalmatians in the U.S. were used as deterrents underneath and/or ahead of fire carts or carriages, to ward off people from getting in the way of or messing with the horses and the equipment. Before that they ran with the horse-drawn coaches in England to create the same sense of presence, clearing the way for the horses.
Today there are competitive events with horses and carts or coaches that simulate those jobs. They are almost like marathons with the Dalmatian and the horse being judged on how well they stick together and distance. They're rare events in relation to other dog sports but they do happen. Dals are very high-energy, with a lot of stamina, and it's a way for the dog to do what he was bred for. Example: http://www.woodwynd.com/road-trials.html
The deafness is related only to the way the pigmentation works in some breeds, including the Dalmatian.