Meet the dog with the world's longest ears!

Sep 07, 2011, 08:29 IST | Agencies
This dog has no reason not to hear. One look at Harbor the black-and-tan coonhound (in pic), and you'll believe a dog can fly.

Guinness World Records has named him the possessor of the longest canine ears on the planet.
His left ear is 12.25 inches, while his right ear is even longer 13.5 inches.

The breed was developed to hunt raccoons, with the long ears said to help by sweeping scents towards the nose.

But Harbor has had a lifelong struggle with his colossal ears. As a pup, he frequently tripping over them as a puppy and rolling down the stairs.

Now though, the purebred has grown into his lengthy lugholes, which have made him a celebrity.

Owner Jennifer Wert, of Boulder, Colorado, said, "Cars will literally stop in the street to take a closer look and get a picture. Most days I forget how oddly long his ears are."

"He's a phenomenon in the world and he creates smiles wherever we go," she added.

Harbor takes the title from Tigger (13.5 inch ears), a bloodhound from Illinois, who passed away of old age two years ago.

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.

Additionally 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.

Length of Harbor's right ear (in inches)

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