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Dog Ears:

  • The carriage of the ears is a fundamental breed characteristic, but the final, breed, form will not develop for a few months after birth.
  • All dogs share the basic anatomy of the ear -- the outer ear or auricle, the ear canal, the eardrum, and the tympanic cavity.
  • But the ears have different shapes and postures based upon the breed. The following are some of the different ear shapes.
  • Erect, pointed ears shaped like isosceles triangles: German Shepherd, Akita, Alaskan Malamute.
  • Erect, blunt-tipped ears shaped like equilateral triangles: Chow Chow.
  • Erect, bat ears, set high on the head: Boston Terrier, Welsh Corgi, French Bulldog.
  • Dropped ears, hanging folded: Weimaraner, Bloodhound.
  • Dropped ears, hanging flat: Poodle.
  • Rose ears (curled around), set well back: Whippet.

Source: The Reader's Digest Illustrated Book of Dogs, 2nd ed., The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, New York, 1993, pp. 36-37.