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What Is The Standard Size And Correct Type For Ears?

by Heather
(WV)

What is the standard size and correct type/shape for ears? It appears there is a large difference in size and type among breeders. The show types seem to have the lower set/large ear with little to no fold. ?

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Standard for Ears
by: Anne

This is the Standard description from the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA, at asca.org) breed standard:

"C) EARS: Set on high at the side of the head, triangular and slightly rounded at the tip, of moderate size with length measured by bringing the tip of the ear around to the inside corner of the eye. The ears, at full attention, break slightly forward and over from one- quarter (1/4) to one-half (1/2) above the base. Prick ears and hound type ears are severe faults."

That is what breeders should go by the AKC & ASCA breed standard for Aussies. There is a different interpretation and individual preference on type of ears among breeders, but as long as they are not prick or Hound dog ears, they should be fine.

Hope that helped.

Anne Calmes
Gold Ring Aussies
Louisiana, USA
goldringkennel@aol.com

ears
by: Gayle-- Big Run Aussies

I suggest that you look on the ASHGI website. They have examples of different ear types and what is acceptable. You may get totally lost in the website -- it is so unbelievably fascinating.

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