Dog Defies Blindness by Using Echolocation

Despite being unable to see, German spitz Rowan barks and listens to the echos to help him tell where he is in relation to nearby objects.

Meet blind Rowan the wonder dog – born without eyes – who miraculously finds his way around using echolocation. Despite being unable to see, German spitz Rowan barks and listens to the echos to help him tell where he is in relation to nearby objects. Owner Sam Orchard, 41, was shocked when a vet told her that a congenital defect meant Rowan had been born without eyes. But 18-month-old Rowan is now almost indistinguishable from a sighted dog after learning to use his barks to judge where he is.

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10 thoughts on “Dog Defies Blindness by Using Echolocation

  1. what a handsome boy and so smart!!! We hope he has a long and happy life.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  2. How inspirational is this! An amazing animal with such a will to live…we can all learn a lot from this beauty. 🙂

  3. I have a 1 yr old female german shepherd, born blind. She is a happy vibrant dog. She was born here and I kept her along with her brother. You would never know she is blind and also uses barks to keep track of my 3 other dogs while running and playing. I think its wonderful that you have kept your blind dog as well!!!

  4. I believe that dogs are like people when it comes to having a handicap. They deal with it and love life!!!! No dog should be denied a wonderful, loving home due to being “special”. Awesome story.

  5. Dogs are so resilient. if given the love and support of a human.
    “Every dog needs a home; every home needs a dog!”

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