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World’s Dog-Eared Record

Let’s hear it for Harbor the hound

Harbor the hound is all ears – more than 2 feet of ear span from tip to tip.

Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records have measured this coonhound’s left ear at 12.25 inches and his right one at 13.5 inches. That wins him the 2012 Guinness World Record for the longest ears of any living dog.

Harbor’s person Jenifer Wert, of Boulder, Colorado, said that as a puppy he would trip over his ears and slide down the stairs at home.

Now 8 years old, the rest of him has caught up with his ears and he can walk around without much trouble, except when playing in the park.

“Cars will literally stop in the street to take a closer look and get a picture,” Wert said.

Dogs like Harbor are scent hounds whose ears were originally developed for tracking.

While Harbor is now the most dog-eared pooch alive, the record for the longest ears in doggie history still resides with Tigger, a bloodhound from Illinois who died in 2009. One of Tigger’s ears was 13.5 inches, the other 13.75 inches.

Here’s a video of harbor from the London Daily Telegraph: