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Look: Dog Breaks Record for Having World's Longest Ears

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Plenty of people picked up new hobbies during the coronavirus lockdown. Some tried making bread, while others started sewing or gardening.

Paige Olsen from Milwaukie, Oregon, picked up a ruler and measured her dog’s ears — and now they represent a world record.

Lou is a 3-year-old, black-and-tan female coonhound with ears that Olsen refers to as “extravagantly long.” As a puppy, Lou tripped over them, and Olsen always knew they were especially oversized but didn’t really pursue the matter beyond that.

Long ears are a trademark for the rare breed, and breed standards require they reach “at least to the tip of their nose.” They aren’t just for looks, though: There’s a functionality reason behind the standard.

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“Their long ears drag on the ground and stir up scents when they are tracking out in the field,” Olsen explained, according to Guinness World Records. “It makes them great at following long, very old or ‘cold’ tracks that other breeds of dog may not pick up on.

“All black-and-tan coonhounds have beautiful long ears; some are just longer than others.”

Coming in at a symmetrical 13.38 inches each, Lou has secured the coveted title of “longest ears on a dog (living).”

They don’t require much more care than any other dog’s ears, but they do attract strangers who are fascinated with them, and they do still get in her way occasionally.

“I like to call them self-washing,” Olsen told WIS-TV. “They kind of just rinse themselves off in the water bowl. She will suck on her own ears if they get too dirty.”

During the winter, Olsen often outfits Lou with a snood, which is a fabric item made especially for dogs that keeps long ears out of food and water bowls and can act as an ear warmer in the colder months.

Lou is quite the looker and has given Olsen plenty of opportunities to educate people on the breed.

“People always have questions about the breed,” Olsen told Guinness World Records. “Coonhounds are not very common in this region, so I get the opportunity to educate a lot of people on the breed.

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“Of course, everyone wants to touch the ears; they’re very easy to fall in love with with just one sighting.”

And now more people than ever will fall in love with the pup and her one-of-a-kind ears thanks to her place in the Guinness World Records 2022 book.

“Lou might think she’s special – but I think she’s thought that from the beginning,” Olsen said, according to Guinness’ Facebook page.

“I think she’s always known she’s a little bit better than the rest of us.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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