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10 Dogs with Long Droopy Ears

Dog ears come in two main variety: floppy and pointy. Today we’re looking at the longest and floppiest ears on earth. In some cases they serve an important purpose (and natural advantage). But in all cases they’re just adorable.

Why do some dogs have long ears?

Scent hounds (think Basset hounds, Bloodhounds, and Coonhounds) are famous for their floppy, drooping ears. That isn’t just a coincidence.

The main theory is their ears are lower to the ground to ‘scoop up’ the scent towards their nose. Dangling ears will also drag along the ground, stirring up any trapped scent particles so they can continue tracking for exceedingly long distances. Those specific advantages make the hound an amazingly effective scent tracker.

Non-scent hounds (such as the Cocker Spaniel) have longer ears simply due to crossbreeding many years prior.

Dogs With Long Ears

1. Afghan Hound

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​Beautiful and ​elegant, the Afghan is a unique breed with exotic qualities that some owners adore. Their lavish long coat makes them the star of their own show. Their long ears can be exaggerated even further by leaving hair long and brushed out.

The Afghan is an emotionally sensitive breed, but still remaining very independent. That makes them especially difficult to train.

2. Basset Hound

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Bassets are the quintessential long-eared breed. Which is further exaggerated by their long face, short legs, and thick wrinkles.

These are wonderful family companions with a lot of hilarious personality traits. While they’re gifted scent trackers, they are also gifted with stubbornness. Training is often only possible by presenting really yummy treats.

Despite their obstinacy towards training, they’re still very much a low maintenance dog, and great for most families.

3. Beagle

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Beagles are very much a working and hunting breed. Just like their Basset hound cousins, this is a scent dog with a strong urge to track, but with much higher energy and ‘spunk’.

They were trained to bark loudly to alert their owners of prey or danger. This, unfortunately, leads to hundreds of Beagles being re-homed every year. Excessive energy and barking are often too much for the typical family to handle.

Beagles excel when given a job, it’s in their genes to have a daily purpose. That could come in the form of training, agility, hunting, or tracking.

If you can get past the training hurdles, you’ll be left with a kind and wonderful companion.

4. Black-and-Tan Coonhound

There are a variety of Coonhounds, but we’ll talk about the most common version: the Black and Tan Coonhound. Often used for its powerful nose and hunting instinct, this dog is the ideal companion for hunting and tracking. However, they make a loving home companion as well and love to relax and play with their family.

Similar to the Basset Hound, this breed is very stubborn and independent. One of the main challenges is holding their attention, as they’ll often get distracted by smells or their surroundings.

Coonhounds will serenade your neighborhood with the songs of their people. Howling is a favorite pass time, and one you should expect when adopting.

5. Bloodhound

Similar to the Basset hound, they’re incredibly affectionate, loving, and a little bit silly. Although it does come with the same (if not more) stubborn attitude.

Training can prove difficult, but they’re especially sensitive to scolding. So a high level of patience is required.

Bloodhounds are renowned for their nose and often depicted in Hollywood as the ultimate tracking dog. This isn’t just for movies. They are the real deal when it comes to sniffing things out. That’s why Bloodhounds excel when having a job, it’s what they were bred for. While stubborn with training, they are eager to please their owners with the gifts they have.

We have to mention their howling or “baying”. You have to prepare your ears (and your neighbors) for hours of loud singing. It’s in their nature to bark and howl at everything, which is why this dog may be a rare sight in most neighborhoods.

6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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​The Cavalier is a gentle soul ​who wants to share their love with everyone around them. Their often touted as being a “velcro” dog, sticking to you throughout the day.

Their friendly attitude is immediately contagious and it’s difficult not to smile in their presence. 

These dogs are intelligent and are very willing to learn – so long as you have a treat for them in return. But, their gentle demeanor means yelling or scolding will cause this dog to run and hide from you.​

7. Cocker Spaniel

​Cocker-Spaniel

​Cocker Spaniels are known for their gentle and calm temperament, but always ready for a fun adventure. Their big hearts and big brains means they’re very receptive to positive training, and always ready for a challenge. This is why Cocker Spaniels excel at training and obedience courses.

​But ​with big, gentle hearts these dogs can be ​very sensitive to scolding or a negative environment. Also, leaving this dog alone can lead to some destructive behavior, not to mention a very broken heart.

They are sometimes known to bark​ excessively (especially when left alone), and be timid around strangers. Early socialization and training can work wonders to curb these behaviors.

​Cocker Spaniels are also known for their beautiful, flowing coat. But, beauty comes at a cost – and you’ll be brushing their coat out daily, and visiting a professional groomer at least once a month. 

8. Dachshund

While not the longest ears of the pack, we believe they still qualify. Dachshunds are in fact part scent hound and have strong tracking and hunting instincts. Originally bred to hunt hare and badgers, these are surprisingly tough little companions with big hearts.

The Dachshund can be described as curious, silly, alert, a little bit cautious of strangers, and always up for a good nap.

Being a scent house these dogs also carry the usual stubborn traits (notice a pattern yet?). Dachshund owners will often tell you about their struggles with potty training and excessive barking.

You can learn more about wire haired dachshunds from our expert.

9. Saluki

One of the oldest breeds known to man, the Saluki is believed to have existed over 6,000 years ago.

These dogs are depicted in ancient scriptures, pottery, and even Egyptian tombs. Their beautiful and exotic looking features attest to their ancient history.

The Saluki are somewhat shy and content to just be in your presence. However, they may not be too keen on showing affection. They often need time to warm up to you over a long period of time.

Although they are very intelligent, training isn’t necessarily in their agenda. They may understand your commands but choose to ignore them.

Saluki have a calm and gentle demeanor, and much prefer a comfortable lifestyle that includes warm blankets and naps.

10. Weimaraner

Yet another hunting breed, the Weimaraner is a loving ball of pure energy that’s looking for their next great adventure. Owners will often tell you about the nearly endless energy stores of this breed, running and playing for hours on end.

Combine that energy with their hunting and prey drive, and you have your hands full. Daily strenuous exercise is an absolute must. These dogs are quite literally party animals and are always ready for a good time.

It’s no wonder that Weimaraners excel when given a job. You can often find them out in the hunting fields or in the agility ring.

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