Why are basset hounds’ ears so long?

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We saw a basset hound when catching our boat today. I am always fascinated by their ears and wonder if they are prone to ear infections.

Only bloodhounds have a better sense of smell than the basset. Interestingly, the long ears of the basset stir smells upwards towards the nose and the wrinkly skin on the face holds the smell close. So the ‘design’ of the basset is to maximise the olfactory sense.

 

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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