Fun Facts About Dog Ears!!
Your furry friend’s ears are not only adorable they are super interesting!! Here are some fun facts about your dog’s ears!
- Some dog breeds are bred for specific jobs , for example herding dogs like Sheepdogs. The sooner they can hear a predator or other danger approaching the more quickly they can herd the sheep to safety.
- Dogs have the ability to move their ears independently , they can tilt, turn and raise them all which changes their facial expressions and can communicate what they are feeling. There is around 18 muscles in a dogs ears!
- They show there emotions through their ear movements as well as move their ears to a position to better hear certain noises.
- If your dog’s ears are upright and facing forward, he/she is engaged. If they are pulled back a bit he/she is feeling friendly. if the ears are tightly laid back against the dog’s head , they are feeling fearful or shy.
- Another function of a dog’s ear is of course, balance! That is why when a dog has an ear infection you can usually tell as they lose their balance easily.
- A Dog’s ear canal is shaped like an L.
- Dogs can hear higher frequency than humans but not as high as cats.
- Cocking his head may help your dog tune in sounds far off in the distance.
- Did you know puppies are born deaf? When they are born their ear canals are still closed, they begin to hear at a few weeks old.
- Dogs have the unique ability to filter out certain sounds while remaining alert to others. That is why they can hear a car pull up to your house over a loud TV.
- A Bloodhound from St. Joseph Illinois, holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest ears! His name is Tigger and his right ear measures 12.75 inches and his left measures 13.5 inches! The reason Bloodhounds have very long ears to help direct scents to their sensitive noses.
- Dogs ears never stop working because they can hear so many things we can’t! Even while we are asleep and all seems quiet, they are able to hear high- frequency noises such as the pulse from your alarm clock, electrical buzzing , even the vibrations of termites in the walls.
References: DogChannel.com, The Bark, healthypets.mercola.com
We love Dogs and we hope you enjoyed reading these fun facts about these awesome friends !
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