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Large Ears Mean Long Life: Dogs With Prominent Ears

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Some dog breeds have extraordinarily large ears. Do they have long life too? Well, let’s see if the list of dogs with exceptionally long ears have long life also.

1. Basset Hound

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This old breed of dog with extremely long ears was developed in France and Belgium. The Basset hound was bred to hunt. He is a slow, trailing dog but with tremendous stamina and deliberateness. It has a nose second to that of a Bloodhound. This dog is peaceful, sensible, affectionate and simply marvelous with children. Bassets are fairly long-lived with a median lifespan of 10-12 years.

2. Bloodhound

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Bloodhound is often referred to as the grandfather of all scent hounds. Beagles, Bassets and Foxhound all carry the blood of the Bloodhound. This breed’s land of origin is probably Greece and Rome and was bred for hunting then man-trailing. They probably got their name from the fact that in the Middle Ages in England, it was only people of blue blood -aristocrats, who owned this animal. Bloodhound had a median longevity of 6.75 years, which makes them one of theshortest-lived of dog breeds. The oldest on record died at 12.1 years.

3. Hungarian Vizsla

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Another breed of dog with large ears is the Hungarian Vizsla of Hungary. This is a fast, tensely mounted animal of boundless energy and willingness. This graceful animal is an aristocrat but not suitable for urban life. The vizsla is one of the special-purpose dogs for special kinds of committed dog-owners. The Hungarian or Magyar Vizsla represents one of the best in sporting dogs and loyal companions and has a strong claim to being one of the smallest of the all- round pointer-retriever breeds. The life expectancy of the Vizsla is 12-15 years.

4. Bluetick Coonhound

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This dog with big ears originated in the US.  Bluetick Coonhound is gentle with children and loyal, loving pets, but they can be challenging to train. They are the breed least likely to be aggressive to people, but they should not be trusted around cats or other small animals.

5. Norman Artesian Basset Hound

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This breed of dog originated in France as a gun-dog. The Norman Artesian Basset Hound is a calm, soft and affectionate dog, but does not like to be alone.

6. Black and Tan Coonhound

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This breed of dog has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. It is best known as a raccoon hunter and is a gentle, adaptable, and lovable dog.

7. Beagle

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This breed of dog with large ear originated from Wales and England for hunting rabbit purposes. Snoopy of the comic strip Peanuts has been promoted as “the world’s most famous beagle”. Beagles may exhibit a behavior known as reverse sneezing, in which they sound as if they are choking or gasping for breath, but are actually drawing air in through the mouth and nose. The exact cause of this behavior is not known, but it is not harmful to the dog. The median longevity of Beagles is about 12.35 years, which is a typical lifespan for a dog of their size

8. Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla

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This breed of dog is from Hungary. The Hungarian Wire-haired Vizsla is in all respects like the smooth-coated variety, with the exception of the longer wiry-coat texture. It is rare by comparison with the smooth Vizsla. It is a versatile, natural hunter endowed with an excellent nose and an above average trainability. Although they are lively, gentle mannered, demonstrably affectionate and sensitive, they are also fearless and possessed of a well-developed protective instinct.

9. Swiss Laufhund

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Another dog with large ears is Swiss Laufhund. Other names for this breed of dog include Chien Courant Suisse, Schweizer Laufhund and Swiss Hound. This dog is strong, but happy, friendly dog which will bay when on a scent. They are particularly good trackers. It is believed that it originally came from Egypt and Greece and eventually in Switzerland. It was bred for hunting hare.

10. Bedlington Terrier

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The median longevity of Bedlington Terriers is about 13.5 years, which is longer than for purebred dogs in general and longer than most breeds similar in size. The longest-lived was 18.4 years. It’s a breed from England bred for use n vermin.

11. Basset Bleu de Gascogne

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Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a breed of dog originated in France, specifically in Gascogny. It is a long-backed, short legged breed of dog of the hound type.

12. Grand Bleu de Gascogne

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This is another breed of dog with large ears that originated in France. It is an intelligent dog but stubborn and like a lot to be running outdoors. They are primarily bred for hunting.

13. Treeing Water Coonhound

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It is a breed of dog that descended from the English Foxhound. This dog is great with children and get along well with other dogs. They love to nest and cuddle.

14. Ariege Hound

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Ariege Hound is medium-sized breed of dog with large ears originated in France. It is a hardworking dog being at the same time very good at driving game to the waiting guns and showing proof of much initiative and enterprise. He has a resounding voice and is quick in his plotting. Likewise, it’s a happy, sociable and easy to train dog. An Australian Cattle Dog is reported to be the longest-lived on record purportedly born in 1910 in Australia. His name is Bluey and died in 1939 at the age of 29.5 years. The Bluey record is anecdotal and unverified. The longest verified records are of dogs living to 24 years. For an image Australian Cattle Dog click HERE and tell me if “having large ears is synonymous to having long life”.

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