Here are a few long-eared breeds that stand out. One of the most famous of the bunch is the irrestible Basset Hound. A waddling walk, doleful eyes and yes, those ears, make the Basset a fan favorite in the show ring or the backyard. This is Nathan, the Bloodhound who won Best-in-Show at the 2014 National Dog Show.
Keeping this in view, how long can a bloodhound pick up a scent?
Bloodhounds have been known to follow a scent trail for more than 130 miles! If someone has ever walked past you wearing perfume, you've probably noticed that, within a few minutes, the smell disappears. A bloodhound's sense of smell is so strong that it can still smell a trail up to 300 hours old!
Why do basset hounds have such big ears?
Because they were originally bred to be hunting dogs, many of the features of the Basset Hounds have a purpose. Their long, low-set ears drag the ground and pick up scents, while the loose skin around their heads form wrinkles that further capture the scent of whatever they are tracking.
Why beagles have big ears?
Beagles' ears are long, soft, and low set on their heads. The combination of these floppy ears and soulful eyes is perhaps what attracts many people to the breed. These floppy ears that are low to the ground when a beagle drops its head to sniff are easily maneuvered to help trap a scent, bringing it towards the nose.