9 Dogs with Long Ears

These breeds lead the pack when it comes to ear size

Basset Hound puppy with long ears sitting in grass.

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Do your ears hang low and wobble to and fro? For these pups, the answer is a clear and resounding “yes”.

Long ears on dogs are thought to help funnel scents directly from the surrounding environment to their sensitive noses, which helps explain why they’re a common feature on scent hounds and other tracking breeds.

These days, you probably don’t need your dog to be able to use their ears to track your next meal, but those long ears are as cute as they are useful, and remain a distinctive trait on many popular dog breeds. If you’re interested in what those breeds are, here are nine of the most commonly known dogs with long ears.


Long ears require special care. Aim to clean them at least once a week using a veterinarian-approved ear cleansing solution and a cotton ball.

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    Bloodhound with collar and bone shaped tag sitting in garden.

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    The most famous long-eared dog might just be the Bloodhound. This large and affectionate breed has been helping humans hunt scents since Medieval times.

    Bloodhounds are prone to ear infections, so regular cleanings are a must to keep dirt, debris, and bacteria out of the folds and canal of their delicate—and impressive—ears.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 25 to 27 inches (males); 23 to 25 inches (females)

    Weight: 90 to 110 pounds

    Physical characteristics: Short, dense, and loose coat, with many folds around the face, neck, and ears

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    Afghan Hound

    Close up on face of Afghan Hound dog with tree in background.

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    The origins of this ancient breed are hard to nail down since they’re thought to have been around since long before people started writing about them. What we do know is that they can be traced back to several regions in Afghanistan and that their long and flowing ears are as distinguishable a part of the breed as their luxurious coat.

    These long-haired coats need a lot of maintenance, so Afghans are best suited to homes that can dedicate the time to this task.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder

    Weight: About 50 to 60 pounds

    Physical characteristics: Coat is long, thick, and fine and can be any color or combination of colors, including brindle and domino

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    American Cocker Spaniel

    Smiling American Cocker Spaniel running in the grass.

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    Long ears are a pretty dominant trait in Spaniels, including the American Cocker Spaniel, the Field Spaniel, and the Welsh Springer Spaniel.

    The American Cocker Spaniel's happy disposition and kid-friendly personality are two things that make them popular family pets (along with those curly-haired ears, of course).

    Breed Overview

    Height: 14 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder

    Weight: 20 to 30 pounds

    Physical characteristics: Silky and flat or slightly wavy coat that’s well-feathered on the ears, chest, belly, and legs

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    Basset Hound

    Basset Hound sitting on top of bench in grassy park.

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    This list wouldn’t be complete without the lovable Basset Hound, a charming breed that’s as famous for their agreeable nature as they are for their outstanding ears.

    Their scent tracking abilities are second only to the Bloodhound, and those long and droopy ears certainly help explain why. Just be prepared for some stubbornness, as this is a typical characteristic of the breed.

    Breed Overview

    Height: Up to 15 inches at the shoulder

    Weight: 40 to 65 pounds

    Physical characteristics: Short coat that can be found in combinations of black/mahogany, white, brown/tan, red, and lemon

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    Beagle running with rope toy in mouth, long ears flapping behind.

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    Beagles are among the most popular dog breeds in the world, and have been for some time. That’s due in large part to their reputation as excellent family pets, with carefree attitudes and a knack for easily adapting to their environments. We think those adorable long, floppy ears might have something to do with it too.

    Breed Overview

    Height: Up to 15 inches at the shoulder

    Weight: 20 to 25 pounds

    Physical characteristics: Short coats in all hound colors, including but not limited to tri-color (tan, black, and white), red and white, and lemon and white

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    Treeing Walker Coonhound

    Treeing Walker Coonhound standing outside on grassy hill.

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    Long ears are a common trait among Coonhound breeds, as evidenced by the Treeing Walker Coonhound. This intelligent American working breed uses both their striking ears and their distinctive bark to help humans out hunting.

    As with many scenthounds, you might have to put a little extra work in when it comes to the recall training.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 22 to 27 inches (males); 20 to 25 inches (females)

    Weight: 50 to 70 pounds

    Physical characteristics: Smooth, short, and fine coat typically found in white, black, or tan tri-color

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    Havanese dog running on bridge with long ears flying in the wind.

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    One of the smaller breeds on this list, Havanese are clever pups with long ears that are proportionate to their bodies and a silky coat that necessities regular grooming.

    These dogs are often chosen by owners prone to allergies. While there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog, Havanese shed hair minimally.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 8.5 to 11.5 inches at the shoulder

    Weight: 7 to 13 pounds

    Physical characteristics: Coat can vary drastically from silky straight to very wavy with ringlets, and may also present in a variety of colors

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    Lhasa Apso

    Lhasa Apso walking in the grass, side profile.

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    Another small breed, the Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet more than 2,500 years ago and has a dense, durable coat coupled with (you guessed it) some seriously long ears.

    Their ear fur runs longer than their ears itself, so check it regularly for tangles and debris. This is another breed that has a high-maintenance grooming regime, but, on the plus side, they don't shed much.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder

    Weight: 12 to 18 pounds

    Physical characteristics: Dense double coat in nearly any color, most commonly black, white, gold, gray, cream, or a combination of these

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    Weimaraner standing and smiling on grass.

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    Rounding out this list is the Weimaraner, a graceful and affectionate sporting breed with captivating eyes and ears that are useful when they're on the hunt.

    Those velvety, oversized ears are thought to be the product of some interbreeding with Bloodhounds back in the day, but these days they’ve made the trait all their own - and their length is a little more manageable.

    Weimaraners are athletic and energetic and will need a home that can offer them enough exercise and stimulation to prevent problem behaviors from developing.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 25 to 27 inches (males); 23 to 25 inches (females)

    Weight: 70 to 90 pounds (males); 55 to 75 pounds (females)

    Physical characteristics: Short and stiff coat in various shades of gray