Better to Hear You With, My Dear: What Shape are My Dog’s Ears?

Dogs throughout history have had all kinds of ears. Cropped, folded, and even cropped and folded. Ear shape is different from breed to breed, but can also vary inside breeds based on your pup’s family tree. If you’ve ever wondered what to call your dog’s ear shape, here are the fancy classifications of dog ears to add to your dog facts arsenal!

doghealthcentre.com
doghealthcentre.com

Prick or Erect Ears

This type of dog ear is the one that was inherited from the very first ancestors of all dogs: wolves. This is when the ear sticks straight up. They stand tall at all times and have a triangular, sharp-point. The breeds who have this kind of ear include Huskies, Malamutes, and many Terriers.

Drop Ears

These ears are just as it sounds. Dogs with Drop ears have ears that fold over. They can be surgically treated to become a form of Prick ear, but most dogs that are not show dogs will live their lives with their natural-born Drop ears. Dogs with natural Drop ears include Basset Hounds, Beagles, Labrador Retrievers, and more.

Cropped Ears

Cropped ears actually fall under the Prick ear family. Cropped ears are surgically created from dogs with Drop ears, making their ears manmade Prick ears. Doberman Pinschers, Boxers, and Great Danes are some of the most common breeds that undergo this process. It has become the norm for these breeds to have their ears cropped at birth. Many people who purchase these dogs from breeders expect Cropped ears over their natural Drop ears.

Bat Ears

Ears that are large in comparison to the dog’s head and that remain upright are called Bat ears. Most dogs that have Bat ears have a large space between their ears that looks like a V. This shape gives impression that the dog’s ears are shaped like bat wings, hence the name Bat ears. Dogs that are known to have Bat ears include: Corgis, French Bulldogs, and Chihuahuas.

Rose Ears

Dogs with Rose ears are unique in that they are folded and erect ears. Because of this the inner ear will be exposed creating folds that look a lot like a rose. Dogs that were made for running and tend to have streamlined bodies usually have this kind of ear shape. For example, Whippets and Greyhounds often have this rose-eared look making them ready to run at any time.

What is the norm for a certain breed’s ears will not always occur in all dogs of that breed. Dogs that are mixed breeds often have many of these ear-shape characteristics and it can be hard to determine what specific classification they fall under. Regardless of ear shape, there is no ear better than the other. Your dog might stand out from the pack, but he can still hear you just fine.

 

  • This Dog is Actually a Bodyguard

    iheartdogs.com

    We all know a really small dog that seems to think he’s a large dog. It’s a kind of Napoleon complex that affects genuinely them riled up and most of the time, there isn’t even a reason behind it. Somehow, size doesn’t always occur to these tiny creatures that they...

    Read More
  • The Ice Cream Parlour For Dogs in Mexico

    thebark.com

    There’s no doubt about it: dogs love to eat. Even more than that, they love to eat human food. That being said, most of us try our absolute best to prevent our dogs from eating those table scraps. That’s because we’ve all heard the horror stories about dogs who eat...

    Read More
  • The Legend of Bamse

    listverse.com

    This story goes all the way back to World War II. There was a dog called Bamse. Bamse was a Saint Bernard who lived on a Norwegian ship. He was called Bamse because while he was very strong, the passengers also saw him for his inner teddy bear (Bamse is...

    Read More
  • The Dog That’s Actually A Magician

    iheartdogs.com

    We’ve all owned that dog who is constantly trying to escape when the door opens even a fraction of an inch. It’s very annoying; especially when you have to run around town looking for your dog afterward. That being said, sometimes dogs decide to go looking for their owners upon...

    Read More
  • This Resilient Dog Keeps Going After Suffering Major Trauma

    youtube.com

    Everyone needs a little help sometimes and that remains true for this poor pup. It all started when the Blue Pearl Animal Hospital received a call from Passion for Pits. During this phone call, the animal hospital discovered that there was a three-week old Pitbull puppy who needed immediate surgery, which would result in the...

    Read More