When making a big life choice, like which dog to choose for your pet, it is important to get exactly what you are looking for. Throughout history, dogs have had different features that helped them do different jobs. Now that many dogs no longer do those jobs, the characteristics are largely aesthetic. However, a dog’s characteristics make it unique and special when they become a part of your family.
Dogs have many ear shapes. Some dogs have perky ears that stand up allowing them to have a great hearing ability. Other dogs have ears that hang down around the sides of their face.
Dogs with floppy ears suffer from a genetic mutation somewhere in their breed’s lineage that doesn’t allow the cartilage in their ears to fully grow. Despite this, dogs with floppy ears are adorable and make for a perfectly lovable pet.
We have made a list of the best breeds that have floppy ears so that you know your options when finding a pet with characteristics that you enjoy.
The Basset Hound is a medium-sized dog in the hound family. This short-legged breed was originally bred for rabbit hunting because of its body was able to burrow into rabbit holes.
Traditionally, basset hounds have some of the floppiest ears of any dog breed. Their ears are often too big for their head and can flop down all the way to the floor. This characteristic has been depicted it all sorts of pop culture throughout the years because the basset hound’s ears are so iconic.
The Basset Hound can reach up to 64 pounds and 15 inches in height. This breed can come in a variety of colors however, they most often come in mixtures of brown and white. These dogs match their adorable ears with an affectionate attitude that is perfect for the entire family.
Commonly called the wiener dog or sausage dog, the dachshund is another breed in the hound family. Just like its distant cousin the Basset Hound, the dachshund sports floppy ears that hang down past its neck. When the dachshund runs these ears commonly flow in the breeze.
The dachshund is much smaller than its cousin the Basset Hound and only grows to about 33 pounds. This is a curious breed of dog that is lively and playful. If the dachshund doesn’t get what it wants it can be quite stubborn. Overall, the dachshund is a very people-oriented dog that would be well-loved in a family that shows it plenty of attention.
The Cocker spaniel is a breed that is made up of two separate members of the spaniel family. Cocker spaniels are slightly different in America when compared to their English cousins. However, they are referred to by the same name in their country of origin.
The cocker spaniel has floppy ears that get bigger at the ends and grow a good amount of fur making them look even larger and floppier. The Cocker spaniel has a lifespan of about 12 years and can reach a height of 16 inches and a weight of 32 pounds. These dogs are great for families as they are often calm, loving, and affectionate towards children.
As part of the hound family, the Beagle boasts similar characteristics to its cousins the Basset Hound and the dachshund. One of those characteristics is large adorable floppy ears. Much like the Basset Hound the Beagle was bred to hunt and it continues that tradition by being a very active dog.
Beagles are short-haired dogs with a great sense of smell and proved to be very intelligent when given a task. Beagles can reach up to 16 inches in height and 24 pounds in weight while boasting a long-life expectancy.
Beagles are often excitable but determined dogs that are great for individuals or families. This breed comes in a variety of colors, but you most commonly see beagles as a mix of white, tan, and chocolate.
The origins of the poodle breed are unknown, but this dog has made a popular name for itself. Poodles come in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. All three sizes of a poodle have traditional curly coats alongside their adorable big floppy ears.
A standard poodle can get tall coming in at 24 inches. The poodle comes in a wide variety of colors including black, white, cream, brown, red, and silver. Poodles are well tempered and very loyal making them great pets for individuals and families alike.
The golden retriever was bred for retrieving birds during hunting trips and instinctually loves to play fetch and swim all types of water. The golden retriever is a medium-size dog with beautiful golden fur. This breed has long years that fold over its head and add to its overall adorable qualities.
The golden retriever is the third most popular family dog in the world due to its great temperament, playfulness, and affectionate attitude. The golden retriever is used as a therapy dog because it is very trainable and intelligent.
The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a small breed of dog in the spaniel family. Just like its cousin the Cocker spaniel the Cavalier King Charles spaniel his big adorable floppy ears that widen at the ends. This breed grows long hair on the ears adding to their adorable quality.
Cavalier King Charles spaniel is considered a toy dog and ranks as the 19th most popular pure breed in the United States. Often seen in a mix of brown and white the Cavalier King Charles spaniel can also come in ruby or black colors. These dogs grow to be 18 pounds and 13 inches tall. The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is very friendly and playful making it the perfect dog for families and households that have other pets.
The bloodhound has a great sense of smell making it perfect for hunting large game like deer and wild boar. This breed is close in line with the Beagle and shares the similar quality of large floppy ears. When this dog sniffs along the ground its ears usually drag in the dirt.
The Bloodhound is the largest dog on this list and can grow up to 110 pounds and reach a height of 27 inches. This breed often comes in varieties of brown, black, and tan. Despite their scary name bloodhounds are gentle and affectionate and make for great family dogs.