A Coonhound dog has made it into the Guinness Book of World for having the longest ears record, measuring over 25 inches in length, set to appear in the 2012 edition of the publication.
The 8-year-old black and tan dog is named Harbor. His owner Jennifer Wert is from Boulder Colorado. Wert said, as a puppy, Harbor would often trip over his floppy ears and would take the family home stairs for a ride.
“When he was 9 months old, he was sitting in his crate, and his ears were hanging down over his paws,” Wert said.
Now, Harbor has set the record with those pesky ears. They are recorded as measuring 12.25 inches long for his left ear and 13.75 inches long on the right. “Cars will literally stop in the street to take a closer look and get a picture,” exclaimed Jenifer.
The extra-long ears displayed on most hounds, particularly the Coonhound, are used not for hearing but primarily for smell. Harbor uses his ears close to the ground to sweep odors up into his nose.
Guinness said the previous record holder was an Illinois bloodhound named Tigger, which had a 13.75-inch right ear before his death in 2009. Harbor’s span is longer than the world’s smallest man Junrey Balawing, from the Philippines, who stands at just 23.5 inches.
Coonhounds are an American style of a hunting dog developed for the quarry and working conditions found in the United States. Coondogs are highly valued. The name is derived from their original use in hunting raccoons.