Those ears!

Here’s some mid-week cheer for you.

Check out Harbor, the world’s record holding dog for longest “earspan”.

I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I saw this photo.  He looks like he’s about to fly away!

Harbor is a coonhound.  Like other scent hounds, his long ears help to sweep smells from the ground towards his sensitive nose.

Here’s another photo, from Guinness World Records, of Harbor’s extra long ears:

Compare Harbor to this photo of a typical black and tan coonhound (from the online dog encyclopedia,

To put Harbor’s earspan into perspective, an article in The Daily Mail conveniently reports that

According to Guinness World Records 2012, Harbor’s ear-span is greater than the height of the world’s shortest man, Junrey Balawing, who is 23.5 inches tall.

His ears are also wider than the smallest road-legal car, which is 26 inches wide, and you could comfortably fit the world’s shortest dog, 6 inch long Brandy, who is also from the US, on each of Harbor’s ears twice.

What? Of course I had to check out the world’s shortest dog as well.  From another Daily Mail article featuring Brandy:

According to her family:

“I have taken her to Seattle, Chicago, New York, Nevada – when we are on the plane, I just take her out and place her underneath my seat. No-one has any idea she is there.”

No wonder – she’s barely bigger than a can of soda!

For more on Harbor, Brandy, and other world-record breaking humans and animals, check out the Guinness World Records website.  For instance, have you ever wondered what “accessories” you might use to to encourage “the loudest purr by a domestic cat”?  Turns out you might want to start with ham . . .





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3 Responses to Those ears!

  1. Ann says:

    Omg! That made my day 😀

  2. Kimi says:

    LOL! That was great! Those ears are impressive 🙂

  3. Bassas Blog says:

    Very funny and very impressive!

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