Your dog's ear shape
Dogs have different ear types, and each type serves specific purposes related to the dog's physiology, hearing capabilities, and breed characteristics.
Pricked Ears (Upright Ears): Purpose: Pricked ears help with sound localization and efficient sound reception. They are often found in breeds that require keen hearing for activities like herding or guarding. Examples: German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, Belgian Malinois.
Floppy Ears (Drop Ears): Purpose: Floppy ears provide some protection to the ear canal and may help prevent debris from easily entering the ear. They don't stand erect, allowing for air circulation and preventing excess moisture buildup. Examples: Labrador Retriever, Basset Hound, Cocker Spaniel.
Semi-Pricked Ears: Purpose: Semi-pricked ears combine the benefits of both pricked and floppy ears, aiding in sound reception and providing some protection to the ear canal. Examples: Australian Shepherd, Border Collie.
Button Ears: Purpose: Button ears, often seen in toy and small breeds, are typically cosmetic and do not have a specific functional purpose. They are bred for their appearance. Examples: Shih Tzu.
Rose Ears: Purpose: Rose ears, which fold back and over, can provide some protection to the ear canal and may help prevent debris from entering. Examples: Greyhound, Whippet.
Drooping Ears: Purpose: Drooping ears, seen in breeds like Bloodhounds, contribute to sound funneling and help direct sounds toward the ear canal. They can also provide some protection to the ear. Examples: Bloodhound, Basset Hound.
Bat Ears: Purpose: Bat ears, large and upright, aid in sound reception and direction, enhancing a dog's ability to hear and locate sounds. Example: French Bulldog.
Tulip Ears: Purpose: Tulip ears are a cosmetic feature and do not serve a specific functional purpose. They are bred for their appearance. Example: Papillon.
It's important to note that the primary function of a dog's ears is to facilitate hearing and aid in sound localization, regardless of the ear type. Proper care and regular cleaning of the ears are essential for maintaining a dog's ear health, regardless of the ear type. Ask your Groomer at K9 Anytime to book an Ear Health check up at their next visit to check they're on track with clean and conformable ear canals.