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All Ears: 12 Common Shapes For Furry Lobes

Jul 11 2012 - 11:30am

Whether your pup's ears regularly stand at alert or drag through the dirt, they probably fall into a handful of ear shapes with whimsical names. Candle flame, tulip, button, and rose aren't just code names: they actually describe the form that a dog's keen listening devices might take. Click through and see if you can spot the ear that most looks like those found on your own dog!

Prick Ears

A popularly spotted type, these upright ears stand stiffly and can have either rounded or pointed tips on the ends. Included in breeds with prick ears are German Shepherds [1], Siberian Huskies [2], and Pomeranians [3].

Candle Flame Ear

Notice how the shape of this ear tapers off near the top in a pointy shape like a candle flame does? Well, that's how these got named. They are commonly found on breeds such as the Toy Fox Terrier, the Manchester, and this Miniature Pinscher. (Note: while larger Dobermans can often appear to have a similar shape, their pointier versions are created via surgical cropping, not nature.)

Blunt-Tipped Ears

Breeds like this French Bulldog [4] have blunt-tipped ears. Also referred to as round-tipped ears, they are large, upright lobes with clearly rounded tips — sometimes Frenchies's ears are also described as tulip ears!

Bat Ear

At first glance, this ear can look similar to those found on a Frenchie. However, the bat ears are not only upright, but they're also in proportion to the head size. Chihuahuas [5] have them as does this Cardigan Welsh Corgi!

Hooded Ear

Yet another variation of a prick ear, the hooded ears are both small and appear to curve inward. Look carefully at the outer edges of this Basenji's ears to see the evidence.

Cocked Ears

These ear styles have plenty of other names — semi-crop, semi-prick, or tipped — but the identifying feature is that the erect ears are just bent slightly forward to fold over at the tip, not as much as in button ears. Breeds with this type include Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs.

Drop Ears

Also a popularly spotted style, drop ears come in many shapes and length varieties from the fully dropped to pendant or pendulous ones. But they all share this similarity: they hang down from their junction at the side of the dog's head. One easily identifiable breed that always has drop ears are Basset Hounds.

Button Ears

Button ears, also called hooded ears, get their second name since the front flap of the semi-erect lobes fold forward to hide the ear canal opening (like a hood). While some Jack Russell Terriers [6] have pointed ears, found on other Jack Russells (along with Fox Terriers and some Pugs [7], for example) are cute-as-a-button ones.

Rose Ear

A slightly dropped button ear by any other name still looks as sweet! The remainder of Pugs [8], Whippets, Bulldogs [9], and Greyhounds have something called rose ears. The way to tell these from a button ear is that the rose style is a small, drop version that folds a bit backward.

Folded Ears

These pendant-shaped ears hang in downward folds poking a bit out at the top and not lying flat. Lobe-shaped ears are commonly found on Spaniel breeds like this Cavalier [10].

V-Shaped Ears

As the name implies, these ears look like the letter "V." On the longer side and always the same triangular shape, v-shaped ears may be dropped or not. Breeds sporting this style are the Bullmastiff and this Vizsla.

Filbert-Shaped Ears

I'd say this is the easiest ear type to correctly identify; the Bedlington Terrier is the only purebred with this type of ear. The name comes from its shape similarity to hazelnuts and/or filbert nuts. That's nutty!

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