Sometimes you have to face the facts: one of the cutest features a dog can have is long ears.
Here, for your viewing pleasure, we’ve assembled a list of some dogs with long ears.
We’re not just accepting any breed for this highly sought-after club, instead, we’ve sought out only the longest, floppiest eared breeds for your viewing pleasure. Without further ado, let’s take a dive and see just how much cuteness you can take.
1) Basset Hounds
Bassets are known for two features: stubbornness and incredibly floppy ears. The droopy look is part of their irresistible charm, and they’re great dogs if you can handle how stubborn they can be.
Don’t think they’re not intelligent; the simple fact is that they just don’t want to listen to you. They require careful training, and even the best-trained basset hound will occasionally need some serious coaxing to get it to do what you want.
For the most part, they’re just as goofy as they look. They’re a fun-loving breed, eager to play and frolic despite their short stature. You’ll need to be careful though, these cute little guys can get to fifty or sixty pounds, and that can be a real job for you!
You might run across the rare dignified basset hound once in a blue moon, but you can be sure that all of that seeming dignity will still be a barrelful of laughs when they get to their waddling.
For the special type of person who can handle the breed, they’re a perfect fit and make a loving companion. For the rest, they’re still a shining example of an amazingly cute canine.
Bloodhounds are the perfect droopy-eared dogs. Their lazy looking face is only a cover, though, they’re great working dogs and renowned for their ability to chase prey down no matter how muddled the scent trail may be.
Don’t be confused by the typical portrayal of them as bumbling, lazy hounds that aren’t up to much but melting into the carpet. Bloodhounds are active, big dogs and they require plenty of activity to keep them healthy, just like any other big working dog.
They tend to be quite stubborn, and it takes patience to handle them. They act quite dignified for the most part once they’re no longer puppies, and they’re generally good nature.
They’re one of the classic dogs and for a good reason. They make a great pet and even better-working dogs. If you’re up for the challenge and want that “hound” look in a big, useful package then owning a bloodhound might be exactly what you want.
Let’s take a break from goofier looking dogs and take a look at some amazingly elegant long ears. Everything about the Afghan hound screams nobility, from the bright coat to their lean, agile bodies.
They can be a bit hard to socialize, but if you pick out an Afghan puppy and raise it properly, you’ll have a life-long companion. While the look of the breed makes you think that each would hold itself like a canine aristocrat they have widely varying personalities ranging from clownish to so aristocratic to seem like a doggy snob.
They can be a bit hard to housebreak, and the long, beautiful coat requires some extra work for their owners. Nevertheless, for a lot of people around the world, they’re the dogs to have. They combine agility and nobility into one complete package and tend to be fairly clean as long as they’re appropriately groomed.
As a sighthound, they’re mainly prone to tugging on leashes, and they have a high prey drive so you’ll definitely need a leash if you go for a walk in the park. The last thing you need is your dog dashing off after every squirrel that it see’s; it will take a superb athlete to keep up.
4) Irish Setter
Irish Setters are a fantastic hunting dog, so you’re looking at an active canine. Their ears are impressively long as well, and the long-haired nature of the breed only extends their elongated look.
They’re an active breed, and rather large, best suited for someone who’s ready for a lot of hiking and running with their pet. Keep in mind that if you own one as a puppy, it’s going to be awhile before you can get out their destructive nature; they like to chew on things, a lot.
When they’re young, they also tend to be quite hyper so keep that in mind. As they age, however, they take on a noble characteristic and eventually you’ll find yourself with a calm and gentle dog that you can enjoy the great outdoors with.
Despite their hunting dog origins, Irish Setters tend to be pretty much fine with any other animals you might keep in your home, and they love people so you shouldn’t have any worries there. The main problems you’ll encounter is the need for frequent grooming and the fact that they’re prone to separation anxiety which can end in a lot of chewed furniture and slippers if you don’t break the habit.
If you’re looking for a highly intelligent, friendly, and outgoing dog, then you might want to see if you can get yourself an Irish Setter puppy.
Before we get too far off the subject of sighthounds, which are long-eared as a general rule, let’s take a look at our absolute favorite. The Saluki is a dog of Persian origins, and in addition to its unique look, it’s one of the fastest dogs on the planet and one on the list of dog breeds that don't shed. Saluki has been recorded running as quickly as forty-five miles per hour, making them an easy rival to the more common greyhound.
If you choose to own one you need to be aware that they do have some special requirements. The first thing to note is that, as puppies, they’re extremely active and destructive. They’ll require a lot of discipline at this point, and sometimes it might feel like a war of attrition on the various furniture, toys, and other chewables around the house.
Once they mature, however, the dog's demeanor will change almost entirely. They act as noble as they look. Saluki tends to be a calm dog that likes to spend a lot of time lounging.
Like any sighthound, you should never take your dog outside without a leash. It’s even more imperative with a Saluki than most breeds because their prey drive is naturally tremendous and pretty much nothing will be able to get away from them once they’re in pursuit.
Despite their fragile-looking bodies, they’re powerful dogs and their legs doubly so. They can easily jump over fences of six feet or more.
If you’re up for the specialized care, though, they’re both a unique and beautiful looking dog with a long history in the Middle East.
6) Black and Tan Coonhound
While bloodhounds often take the “cake” for hunters when it comes to picking up trails, the Black and Tan Coonhound is another breed which is famous for its nose and has the long ears characteristic of hound breeds without droopy of a face to go with it.
They’re large dogs with a lot of energy, so be prepared for an active life if you choose to buy or adopt one. They’re one of the oldest lineages of American dogs and favored hunting dogs.
If you can get over their independent streak, you’ll also find that they are a great family dog. They’re quite friendly and get along with nearly anything and anyone who crosses their path. Some hunters like them simply for that fact, they get along with the family and serve their purpose in the field exceptionally well.
Like any other scenthound, they’re prone to extremely loud baying so they’re not a dog to have in tight quarters or if you mind some noise once in a while. They’ll also need to have their energy burned off pretty often, so don’t expect just to let them lie around and not face some consequences.
7) Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Not all long ears are droopy, as you can see from the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. While they’re quite small dogs, they don’t seem to be aware of it, and historically they’ve been used as cattle dogs.
They’re steady dogs, and quite faithful in their way. They’re also one of the cutest dogs around, making them a standout in the world of small dogs where many have behavioral problems of various degrees.
They’re almost painfully polite for canines; they’ll get along well with guests and children.
They’re athletic, but prone to obesity if they don’t exercise, so it’s a good idea to get a regular walking schedule for them. While a morbidly obese corgi is cute, it’s also unhealthy for the dog.
The only real issue they have is their herding instincts. They can be pushy when it comes to keeping their herd(i.e., you and the other animals in the house) together, but this habit can be broken pretty easily.
If you’re looking for the “complete dog package” a Pembroke Welsh Corgi is just what you’re looking for.
Despite their small stature and the universal nature of toy dogs, Papillons are generally quite intelligent, and they make great pets with one caveat: they aren’t a lap dog. It’s best to think of them as a small herding dog; they’re high-energy, inquisitive, and intelligent so they’ll need some work.
9) Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniels have long been a favorite of every type of dog owner, whether they’re looking for a gun hound or just a loving pet.
Their personalities will vary quite a bit, so be sure to pick a competent breeder if you decide that they’re the dog for you. If you get the right one for your personality you’ll be rewarded with a loyal, zooming companion which will have people “awwing” left and right.
They’re amusing dogs with a surprising amount of integrity. Probably not the type of dog someone with high tastes and a need for a dignified companion will go for, but if you don’t mind general “doggy” behavior then they’ll be perfect for your home.
They’re extremely intelligent, so it’s not a good idea to let a Spaniel run roughshod over your authority as this will lead to a lot of behavioral problems.
A Cocker Spaniel is that impressive, “dog lover’s dog.” If you enjoy canines in general, you really can’t go wrong with one, and the floppy, elongated ears are just a bonus on top of their great personalities.
Dogs with long ears capture people’s hearts for a good reason, it’s simply a cute trait for canines to have. As you can see, there’s a wide variety of dogs with long ears, and they range from dignified sighthounds to hyperactive "toys", so there’s definitely something out there for everyone.
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