8 Weird Things You Never Knew about Your Dog’s Ears

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  • A dog’s ears can move independently, using over 18 different muscles.
  • Bloodhounds have the world’s longest ears: Tigger the bloodhound holds the Guinness world record for longest ears— 13.5″ and 13.75″ respectively.
  • Dogs use their ears to signal their mood: Forward for alert, back for relaxed and friendly, and WAY back = submissive or fearful.
  • Dog hearing aids and ear protection are real things: Yes, hard-of-hearing dogs can make use of a hearing aid— just like people! And for dogs that work in noisy spaces, dog ear protectors called ‘Mutt Muffs‘ are just the thing to keep their ears healthy.
  • Scientists believe dogs tilt their heads to better focus on a sound or voice
  • Dogs can hear much better than a human being: Human hearing range is roughly between 20 hertz and 20 kilohertz, including much lower frequencies than what dogs can hear. Dogs hear sounds starting at 64 hertz on up, past the human range to the higher registers at 44 kilohertz.
  • Prick, fold, and filbert. Dog ear types all have special names: There’s a unique lingo used when describing dog ears, and here are some of the basics.
  • Puppies are born deaf: The ear canals of newborn pups are closed at birth, and don’t open for about a week.
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