Dogs are not usually famous for their redeeming features, but this pooch certainly has one you simply cannot miss! A coonhound named Lou has just been enlisted into the Guinness World Records from having the longest ears ever to be recorded on a living mutt.
When extended, Lou’s ears measure up to a spectacular 13.38 inches each. According to Lou’s owner, Paige, her beloved pooch has always been blessed with longer that average ears, but she only decided to measure the ears properly during the pandemic. What’s more, she states they don’t even need a great deal of cleaning compared to a regular pooch!
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Interestingly, the black and tan coonhound breed are all known to have ears that can extend to the tip of their noses.
“All black and tan coonhounds have beautiful long ears, some are just longer than others,” explains Paige, a veterinary technician, “Their long ears drag on the ground and stir up scents when they are tracking out in the field. Of course everyone wants to touch the ears, they’re very easy to fall in love with just one sighting." And who could blame them?
Besides having a great ear (to hear any commands), there are plenty of benefits to having the world’s longest ears. In her leisure time, Lou loves nothing more than to tag along on exciting adventures with her pet parent. Perhaps the best thing is that Lou could wrap her long ears in an ear-warmer during winter to stop them from dragging in the snow. You can’t get much better than that!
Cynthia Lawrence is freelance lifestyle journalist. Starting off her career in national magazines, she moved to digital and e-commerce publications. When she's not reviewing exciting products, she is obsessed with home interiors and her neighbour's cat!
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