Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Doggie Dumbo: He's the hound with the world's biggest ears that will make you believe he can fly


World record: Harbor the coonhound has the largest canine ears on the planet, with the left measuring 12.25inches and the right 13.5inches

One look at Harbor the black-and-tan coonhound, 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 one measures 12¼in while the right is longer at 13½in.

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, 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,’ added Jennifer. ‘He’s a phenomenon in the world and he creates smiles wherever we go.’

Harbor's ear-span is greater than the smallest road-legal car, which is 26 inches wide and also greater than the height of the world's shortest man, Junrey Balawing

Harbor takes the new title from Tigger (13.5 inch ears), a bloodhound from Illinois, who sadly 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, and 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.

The latest edition of Guinness World Records is published on September 15.


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