All dogs are awesome, even "regular" hearing dogs. But if you've never thought about it before, here are seven ways that deaf dogs are better than their hearing counterparts.
1) - I can sneak around on them. Let's say it's a quiet Sunday morning and I'm lounging on the couch reading the paper. The missus and pooches are all having a lazy Sunday nap, all is perfect. Except that EGADS!!, my coffee cup is empty. No problem. I can sneak to the kitchen and refill my mug with hot caffeinated liquid happiness. I can't do this with hearing dogs, they'd wake up, see me going to the kitchen and think I'm getting some bacon, and start thumping around and wake everyone else up.
2) - Thunderstorms don't bother them. We get a lot of thunderstorms here in North Dakota, especially in late Spring and summer, but it doesn't bother the dogs one bit. I know a few dogs who are extremely frightened of thunderstorms and will freak out, hide under the bed, run away, or have accidents in the house. It's not their fault, they're just terrified. My deaf dogs? They sleep right through the thunderstorms. Every once in a while a big clap of thunder right on top of us will rattle the windows and they may perk their heads up and look confused, but that's the extent of their reaction.
4) - Neighborhood barking parties. When something triggers one neighborhood dog to bark and pretty soon EVERY dog in the area is barking and howling, my dogs never join in, which is nice.
5) - Neighbors and strangers are impressed. Here's the scenario. I'm out walking one or two of my deaf dogs and we encounter a neighbor or other friendly neighborhood denizen. Across the street a dog is racing around in their backyard barking like mad because they smell my dogs. Since my dogs can't hear the frantic barking from that far away, they stand calmly or sit as I converse. Quite often I get a "your dogs are so well behaved" comment. I usually try to explain that they're deaf (which most people can't seem to process), but on occasion I just say "thank you" and smile to myself as I walk away.
6) - No crazy doorbell reactions. If my dogs are asleep and the doorbell rings or someone knocks, there's no trigger of barking and growling at the potential intruder. If the dogs are asleep I can usually calmly get up, sign for my FedEx package, purchase my Girl Scout cookies or snarl at the door to door salesman, and come back without every waking them.
7) - They can warn against approaching underground monsters. Since they can't hear and are very acutely attuned to ground vibrations, I think they could better warn us against an onslaught of carnivorous subterranean monsters, like from the Kevin Bacon movie Tremors, than hearing dogs. This one may be a bit of a stretch, but I really wanted to have seven reasons and couldn't come up with another real one.
While we're on the subject, you should check out Deaf Dogs Need A Voice which has some great information on deaf dogs.