I always thought an animal’s ears were made for listening… and cooling, on some occasions.
Turns out I was wrong.
Ears give a dog his hair style
“Watch out! She’s going to shake herself!” was often heard whenever Tara, our German Short-haired Pointer pup, had finished eating. Her diet consisted of yummy, healthy treats cooked just for her.
A home cooked dog meal has advantages… and disadvantages. Advantages for the dog; disadvantages solely for the owner, since the food is wet. And a pup’s long ears have an obvious affinity for anything wet or sticky.
That’s how Tara’s NEW hairstyle was born.
Normally her broad, drooping ears would frame her face in a … long bob. She would shake them the way a maiden impatiently shakes her locks. And they would often fold outwards, our job mainly being to restore them to their initial feature.
During meal-time she would be transformed into a pony with a feathered head-piece. Her long ears would be tied together at the top of her head using soft hair elastic. No more mess.
We were careful not to keep her ears in a dog bun for longer than necessary, usually about 5 minutes, as it can interrupt the blood flow and cause damage.
Nevertheless, Tara would wear her new hair style with panache.
A dog’s strength lies in his ears. So does his hairstyle
It’s in the way he cocks his head. Not for paying attention, a dog’s hearing is four times as good as ours. Dogs simply know just how irresistible they are when doing it!
A German Sheppard, a Doberman or an Aussie, with their rose ears, would be wearing a quiff or a fringe up. Think Meg Ryan’s short, pixie style. Think Harry Styles from One Direction or James Dean.
A Corgi with his bat ears, a Dachshund or Bull Mastiff with their v-shaped ears would wear a pushed-back long hair style. Think Sandra Bullock with medium length hair. Think Cary Grant or Chris Pine.
The Hounds or the Spaniels with their long ears would definitely be on the groomed hippy side. Think Sarah Jessica Parker or Johnny Depp with long locks.
What hair-style is your dog wearing?
by Patricia Furstenberg
Written for mypuppyclub.net and published there on 4 September 2016 http://www.mypuppyclub.net/ears-give-dog-hair-style-patricia-furstenberg/