Long Ears

Including, but not limited to pedigree and crossbreeds of: English Springer Spaniels, English and American Cocker Spaniels, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus, Poodles (all sizes), Bichon Frise, Wheaten Terriers, Long haired Dachshunds (standard and miniature).

All these dogs naturally grow long pendulous ears, which it would seem have been specifically designed to get infections on the inside, burrs on the outside and food on the bottom. Some owners choose to have their dogs ears groomed short because of these issues. I have photos I can show you to give an idea of what it would look like for many of the breeds.

If you keep your dog's ears hairy, you will need to put some time into maintaining their health and condition.

Check inside the ears at least twice weekly. If they smell bad, visit your vet who can check what treatment is needed. If they are just dirty with no nasty smell, then clean them gently with a damp cotton wool ball. Do not poke anything into the ear canal, just clean the visible outer area.

At the end of every walk, remove all vegetation from your dog's ears. If you don't do it promptly, the ears will get horribly matted and your groomer will probably have to cut away chunks of matted hair, or even clip the ears short to clear the matts away. Give the ears a quick brush with the slicker brush.

If you have a problem with food sticking to your dog's ears, or your dog draping its ears in the water bowl, you can purchase a 'spaniel bowl'; a bowl with a wide base and a narrower opening which causes the ears to naturally trail down the outside of the bowl. You can get these from all good pet shops. As a springer owner, I wouldn't be without mine!

Valerie Corfield 2013