Breeds with Floppy Ears and Why We Love Them

Breeds of Dog With Floppy Ears

  1. Beagle
  2. Basset hound
  3. Coonhound
  4. Bloodhound
  5. Afghan hound
  6. English cocker spaniel


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The beagle is one of the most popular breeds in the US. They’re known for their strong noses—they’ll tirelessly track prey for miles—but they’re also known for their big mouths and bottomless stomachs in addition to their luxurious floppy ears.

Beagles love to vocalize, and beagle is actually French for ‘loudmouth.’ Ironically, the most famous cartoon beagle, Snoopy, never spoke on screen, but he was full of sophisticated thoughts and observations!

Beagles are friendly and easygoing family dogs, always up for an adventure. Just be ready to hear their opinions on everything.

Basset Hound

A basset hound sits on grass with its tongue out

Ah, the Great-Grandfather of floppy ears, the basset hound!

These long-and-low hunting machines boast the second-best sense of smell (after the bloodhound), and they’re built to track and find prey.

They’re sturdy, and their large paws help them root out burrowing animals. But they’re also seriously laid-back, loving, and hilarious to watch when they’re feeling goofy. And there’s nothing quite like watching those ears fly when they give themselves a good shake.

Black and Tan Coonhound


Originally bred in the US in the 1900s, these hardworking, long-eared hunting companions are highly skilled at tracking raccoons and possums.

While they can be enthusiastic on the trail of, say, a passing squirrel, they’re also happy to cuddle on the couch with their family. Don’t let them get lonely, though, or they’ll let the entire neighborhood know via a mournful, baying howl.

Coonhounds are super friendly, so forget about using them as a security system—one belly rub, and you have a friend for life.


A bloodhound in a harness rests with floppy ears

These droopy, wrinkled, sad-looking sweetie pies can sing the blues like nobody’s business. They also possess the most powerful nose in the dog world.

The often forgotten popular police dog, trained bloodhounds can track a scent for up to 130 miles and can follow a trail that’s 300 hours old. Used often in search and rescue, bloodhounds are considered so accurate, their tracking results can be used in a court of law.

Their long, floppy ears are a benefit to their sensitive noses and add to their charming, soulful appeal. Who doesn’t want to give a bloodhound a good ear rub?

Afghan Hound

Flickr / @Rafa Mora Arévalo

This glamorous breed is known as the ‘King of Dogs.’ And it’s not hard to see why. From their long flowing ears to their soft luxurious fur, these dogs are made for photos.

You can also see it in their regal posture—could any dog look more diva on a high-end sofa?!

Unlike other hounds with ample ears, the Afghan hunts primarily by sight, and performs well on racing courses. They’re highly intelligent but possess a more independent nature, making them more challenging to train.

And they demand plenty of attention on the grooming front as well. The Afghan hound demands nothing but the utmost admiration.

English Cocker Spaniel

Flickr / @Jim Frazee

English Cocker Spaniel owners can’t say enough about this breed. This smaller breed is extremely intelligent, agile, playful, and adorable. Their smaller size and boundless energy make them naturals at agility courses, and their eagerness to please their people makes them easy to train.

Don’t be fooled by those sweet eyes and gentle disposition though. These dogs were bred to flush birds from bushes as a hunting aid and can have high prey drives. It’s recommended they be kept on a leash and in a fenced yard to prevent them from running off to disturb local wildlife.

That said, these floppy-eared cuties are great with children and exceptionally loyal to their humans.

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