Have you ever noticed that while wolves have pointy, upright ears, most pet dogs have soft, floppy ears? Skunk Bear explores the fascinating and puzzling evolutionary biology of wild versus domesticated animals that created these distinctions among others.
Some domestic dog breeds have floppy ears, although the wolves they descended from do not. Charles Darwin puzzled over this as far back as 1969. But what's even weirder is that some domestic pigs, rabbits, goats, and cows have floppy ears, too, even though their wild counterparts do not. Show More Summary
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In a wonderfully animated episode of the NPR series SkunkBear, host Adam Cole amiably explains the physiology that causes many a domesticated dog to possess both floppy ears, shorter snouts and spotted patterns more so than their ancient ancestors. The specific question of these specific features proved quite vexing to Charles Darwin, even as he...
Floppy ears are virtually never found in wild animals, however a new theory shows that they are an unintended by-product of our domestication of dogs
Have you seen this dog? He's hot pink, with a faded pink belly, floppy limbs and ears, and a two-inch tail. He's fuzzy and full of stuffing. He's also extremely well-loved—enough that one of his human friends, Julie Letton, is afraid he might be mistaken for trash. But that's exactly why he must be found. Show More Summary
A floppy, nonjudgmental ear.
Sure, dogs are adorable and everything. But just because you think they’re cute doesn’t mean you want to date them. And unless you’re an avid dog lover to begin with, those sweet, floppy ears won’t seem so sweet when you have to bring a pooper scooper on your romantic outings and you find yourself covered [...]
This is the best thing. As the owner of a German Shepherd (a mix, with floppy ears and shorter legs), and someone who would like to have a corgi one day, I am flabbergasted at how amazing this dog is. For 24 other less wonderful corgi mixes, click. Show More Summary