A black and tan coonhound named Lou just got his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for having unique ears. His ears happen to be the longest ears on a dog ever recorded.
Lou’s owner, Paige, always knew the dog had long ears, but it wasn’t until over the pandemic when she measured them that she discovered just how long they were.
According to a press release from Guinness World Records, Lou’s ears measure in at 13.38 inches.
Paige explained in the press release, “Lou is a black and tan coonhound, and all of them should have ears that extend at least to the tip of their nose. All black and tan coonhounds have beautiful long ears, some are just longer than others. Their long ears drag on the ground and stir up scents when they are tracking out in the field. It makes them great at following long, very old or ‘cold’ tracks that other breeds of dog may not pick up on.”
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According to Calder Vets, dogs with “long dangly ears” are more prone to ear issues. However, Paige noted in the press release that Lou’s ears don’t require special treatment.
She explained that she does have to clean them, and in winter, she wraps them in an ear-warmer, but that’s about it.
The American Kennel Club describes coonhounds as having “an amazingly sensitive nose, long, velvety ears, and a sweet disposition.” They were bred for night hunting, and love to lounge by the fire but also work hard while out and about.
Lou is registered with the American Kennel Club and lives with several other coonhounds in Oregon.
He previously competed in dog shows and won 7 Best In Show and 3 Reserve Best awards, according to his owner’s Instagram post. He retired from the show ring in August 2021.
You can follow Lou and his family on Instagram, @toodaloo.coonhounds.
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