9 Small Dogs With Big Ears

9 Small Dogs With Big Ears

Last Updated: August 18, 2023

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9 Small Dogs With Big Ears

Today I have something special for you.

Here is my collection of weird and wonderful small dogs with big ears.

Are you aware that a dogs ears are the longest in the world?

A Coonhound holds the Guinness World Record for this feat.

As for me I can not promise you anything as big as those but I do have some beautiful things to share with you. 

Any style or shape of big ears is included in this list.

As a result there are dogs with long floppy ears and dogs with pointy ears.

Or to put it another way a real mix. 

1. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

This breed originally was bred to herd cattle due to its height of 30 cm (12″) and weight of approximately 12 kg (26 lbs).

You can not make this stuff up.

It is also surprising to find out that they are the preferred breed of Queen Elizabeth II who has owned around thirty during her reign.

They must have used their larger-than-life ears to hear incoming cows that might step on them!

Although they are popular with the Queen their numbers in the UK are very low. 

The U.S. has more of them- thank goodness. 

2. Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Sheep and cattle are herded by them as well as their nearby neighbors.

It is because they are bred to be so small that they can avoid being kicked when herding much larger animals.

The Cardigan Corgi actually has larger (and more rounded) ears than the Pembrokeshire!

A cardigan weighs more than a Pembroke averaging around 15 kg or 34 lbs.

Pembrokes tend to have docked tails while Cardigans have a longer tail.

In addition Cardigans are a much older breed perhaps by 2000 years. 

3. Dachshund

Here is another small dog breed with a long body like a Corgi. 

There are two sizes of Dachshunds: standard and miniature. 

A Dachshund is an average-sized dog standing about 20 cm tall and weighing about 15 kg. 

It can weigh up to 11 pounds and is about 14 cm tall or 5.5″ tall. 

There are three types of coats: smooth long-haired and wired.  

There are big ears on every variety.

The original purpose of the Dachshund was to catch badgers and other burrowing animals.

It was more important for them to use their sense of smell than to use their hearing in those circumstances. 

Perhaps this explains why their ears fold down (to muffle sounds) rather than standing straight up (to catch sounds). 

4. French Bulldogs

In addition to its squashed face this breed is known for its bat ears. 

At around 30 cm or 12″ in height and weighing about 11 kg or 26 lbs he stands tall. 

The French Bulldog originated in the early nineteenth century.

As companion dogs their large upright ears serve no purpose other than to make them look good!

There is just something so friendly about these dogs.

They seem like a breed that never loses the spontaneity of being a puppy. My stepdaughter has one.

For more information about French Bulldogs check out my list of small non-barking dogs. 

5. Papillon

Next we have our first Spaniel.

Is this the only dog whose name comes from its ears?

In French the word butterfly refers to the hairs on the ears that give them the shape of a butterfly.

Sized between 20cm or 8″ and 28cm or 11″ and weighing up to 4.5 kg (10 pounds) these dogs are as delicate as a butterfly. 

In general these dogs are quite confident and affectionate with their families and slightly wary of strangers.

In order to prevent them from becoming fearful and overly aggressive however they need lots of socialization and training.

6. Cavalier King Charles

This dog has such strong Royal connections that its name is derived from an English King from the seventeenth century!

Four colors are available: chestnut and white black and tan tricolor and ruby.

A bears ears start at the top of their head flow down to the top of their withers (or shoulders) and have a teardrop shape.

There is a maximum height of 33 cm (13″) and a maximum weight of 8 kg (17 pounds).

Since these dogs are people dogs they should not be left alone for long periods of time. 

7. Russkiy Toy

It was originally intended to fight rats with our final variety of Toy Spaniels.

I did read that right- not to catch them but to fight them.

Since it was developed in Russia it was little known outside of the country until the 1990s. 

When it comes to the smallest dog breeds it gives the Chihuahua a run for its money.

The Russian Terrier should not grow taller than 28 centimeters (11″) but will often grow shorter and occasionally weigh as little as 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds). 

An ears shape is triangular and it stands straight up.

Barking is usually loud (and frequent) if their ears are large.

Because they were bred to fight rats as well as serve as watchdogs barking is deeply embedded in their DNA!

8. Miniature Pinscher

Many people mistake this breed for a mini Doberman.

The Italian Greyhound and the Dachshund are believed to have been used in their development.

It is a controversial veterinary procedure called “cropping” that creates the ears but they are very distinctive.

The number of Min Pins with uncropped ears has increased dramatically. 

Dobermans are also treated in the same way (and they appear on my list of black dogs with pointy ears.)

However these dogs can not be pushed over and are not suitable for wishy-washy owners. 

Their intelligence is astounding and they need lots of stimulation and exercise.

You need to make your garden as secure as Fort Knox!

9. Chinese Crested Dog

Are you getting tired? No more pictures of a small dog with big ears?

The last one I want to show you is this.

His uniqueness makes him stand out.

There are 9 short-haired dogs with pointy ears

Can you imagine a small dog with big ears that do not shed?

Now that I have your attention whats next?

There are two varieties of Chinese Crested Dog.

With or without hair.

There is hair on the head legs and tail of a hairless variety.

If you will a dog wearing underwear. 

At full growth a male can reach 33 cm (13”) in height and weigh as much as 5 kg (11 lbs).

Then there are those ears. Instead of sticking to the top of the dogs head there are long triangles sticking to the side of it.

These dogs look a bit like Mr. Potato Heads version of a dog.

However they are great companions and will enjoy either an active or slovenly lifestyle as long as it is done “together”!


I hope you have found a few breeds that tickle your fancy and get you thinking “you know what…?””””

My favorite dog (other than the French Bulldog who is a family member) is the Dachshund.

The more I am out and about the more I see them and I love the way they look- their long bodies their elegant necks and their ears.

Theres a real dog swagger about them as well.

Nevertheless if your main objective consists of hunting badgers you’ll probably need to have a bit of self-confidence.

How about your favorite? 

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