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Colorado Coonhound Has World Record Ears 
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Hear, boy! Boulder coonhound's impressive ear span sets a Guinness record

By Monte Whaley
The Denver Post

Posted: 09/06/2011 01:00:00 AM MDT

At one point in his life, Harbor was all ears for owner Jennifer Wert.

No, really. All ears.

"When he was 9 months old, he was sitting in his crate and his ears were hanging down over his paws," said Wert.

Wert, who lives in Boulder, remembers Harbor used to trip over his ears and fall down the stairs. "He really had to grow into them."

That he has. But the 93-pound black and tan coonhound still attracts buckets of attention, including from the people compiling the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records.

They have given 8-year-old Harbor the title of "longest ears on a living dog."

Harbor's left ear measure 12.25 inches, and his right is 13.5 inches. Harbor's was beaten in ear size by Tigger, a bloodhound from Illinois, say officials at Guinness.

Before his death in 2009, Tigger sported a left ear of 13.5 inches and a right ear of 13.75 inches.

But Harbor is no slouch. Everyone is drawn to his ears, Wert said. "We can't walk down the street or go on a trail without someone saying something."

Even the neighborhood sanitation workers pop out of the trucks to get a better look at the long-eared, long-legged dog.

But Harbor takes it all in stride, Wert said. "He's great, just a super dog," she said.

As it turns out, the ears on a coonhound aren't there for better hearing. The dogs use their ears to sweep the ground of the scent of the animal they are tracking.

Harbor doesn't do much tracking.

"He just runs for days and days, then sleeps for days and days," Wert said.

The genes that made Harbor's magnificent ears won't be passed down to another generation because he is neutered.

But he did come from a litter of 12.

"So his brothers might pass the ears along," Wert said.


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Here is a picture of the hound


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