7 Small Dogs With Floppy Ears

7 Small Dogs With Floppy Ears

Last Updated: August 18, 2023

In this article you will know the answer to the query “7 Small Dogs With Floppy Ears“.

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7 Small Dogs With Floppy Ears

Seven small dog breeds with floppy ears are highlighted in my list.

Prior to describing my first breed I want to briefly discuss the ears of dogs.

Despite their aesthetic appeal floppy ears are not very practical.

The dogs eardrum is covered by a floppy ear which makes it impossible for them to hear effectively.

In the field floppy ears make it easier to get tangled in undergrowth or caught in a fight.

Additionally floppy ears are almost impossible to clean inside and out-in fact it is easy to forget to check the inside of an ear.

Last but not least floppy ears dangle in the bowl while a dog is trying to eat. 

In the dog kingdom however you will have trouble finding an ear that is more endearing.

Who was our first breed?

1. Cavalier King Charles

Having a cavalier as a companion is a good idea. Because of their spaniel ancestry they are also very athletic. Their regal and charming looks make them one of the most popular breeds. Not to mention their big cute eyes that will make you instantly fall in love with them. Their ears are high-set and their skulls are flat. 

Feathers grow on the ears legs feet and tail of this breed as they mature. 

They have floppy ears that move forward when they are alert adding character to the dog. 

Males are between 13 and 18 pounds tall and stand 13 inches tall. Blenheims are available in four main colors: tricolor ruby and black with tan markings. It is most commonly found in their Blenheim color.

Since they like company and do not like being left alone they are an excellent choice for your cat. 

Because they tend to be too friendly they should not be kept as guard dogs! 

You should supervise them if you let them play with the children. They can also be great playmates for the kids. 

Condos and apartments can benefit from their quiet nature.

2. Cocker Spaniel

If you go back to the 1940s and 1950s the Cocker Spaniel was the most popular dog in America!

Even though it currently ranks #30 (out of 196) the dog is still considered to be one of the most beloved dogs. 

There is something irresistible about this breeds long lush ears. Pet owners love them because of their floppy ears dark eyes and sweet expressions.

It was bred to hunt Woodcocks which are large wading birds that are typically found in woodlands. 

Due to their friendly nature and adaptability Cockers can make a great addition to the family despite their strong hunting background. 

Their owners always feel happy when they are pleasing them and they are easy to train in the backyard. They do not like to be left alone however like Cavaliers. 

Do you remember the character “Lady” from Lady and the Tramp? She wore a Cocker Spaniel collar…

Checkers was the name of the cocker owned by American President Richard Nixon.  

Cocker Spaniels weigh between 24 and 28 pounds as adults. At the withers they stand between 15 and 18 inches tall.

They are available in a variety of colors ranging from black and cream to combinations of white and tan.

3. Beagle

The Beagle is really friendly and lovable although it is a hound dog. This dog breed looks like a small foxhound and is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. 

Their long and floppy ears are soft low-set and turn slightly towards their cheeks. These animals make great companions for children and adults alike. The cuteness of their faces and eyes makes them a good pet for the house.

They make poor guard dogs however due to their friendliness. They are however smart low-maintenance dogs.

This breeds history is unclear to historians. They are sometimes compared to Greeks and some say William the Conqueror brought their ancestors to England in the 11th century.

We are however confident that the breed we know today did not exist before the 19th century. They were bred for hunting purposes only in the early 19th century. After a while there were also good hunting Beagles bred.

Exercise is required daily like jogging or brisk walking and their life expectancy is 12 to 15 years. The average male stands 13 to 15 inches tall and weighs 20 to 30 pounds. 

A variety of eye-catching colors are available including lemon red and white. A great family dog is intelligent energetic and lovable.

4. Dachshund

Hunting animals like rabbits and foxes is the function of these hound dogs. Their cute eyes may fool you but they can hunt badgers. 

They are known by their literal translation.

A badger is called a dash and a dog is called a hand. Badgers have medium-length ears with short feathers. 

Red black and tan and tan are the most common colors for this breed. However they can also be found in other colors such as chocolate black and cream. Their height and weight range from 8 to 9 inches.

Since its another dog that adapts well to apartment life its a good choice for new owners who are looking for a loyal companion. 

Since the 15th century they have had a rich history. The badger hunters were not limited to badger hunting; they also hunted foxes and deer. Around the 18th century the refined breed that we see today began to develop in Germany. 

The following caveats apply however. 

Barking is frequent and loud among Dachshunds.

The weather can make them picky but they have great energy. Potty training them can be a challenge too. They have adorable eyes that will charm you right away. 

5. Shih Tzu

In Chinese Shih Tzu means lion dog. Historians disagree about its exact origin. The breed is however one of the oldest on the planet. There are some Chinese paintings from the 6th century BC that have been attributed to Shih Tzu.

Tibetan monks were considered holy. The Ming dogs were also the official dog breed of the dynasty. Shih Tzus are like history classes in their own right. 

Their ears are covered with thick hair and have drop ears. Females weigh 9-16 pounds and stand 9-10.5 inches tall. The females are slightly taller than they are long. The life expectancy is around 18 years for females. 

Different color combinations are available for this breed: black and white gray and white or red and white. As this breed has an average amount of energy it requires less than 20 minutes of exercise a day. 

Make sure you do not give them too many treats as this can lead to obesity. 

They get along well with other pets and children. Their lively and friendly nature makes them an ideal family pet. 

6. Maltese

Among the members of the toy group family is this cute gentle dog. Additionally they have feathered floppy ears that point downward.

They are known for their silky pure white coats black eyes and short stature making them very appealing to the eye.

The average male stands 7 to 9 inches tall and weighs under 7 pounds. All Maltese have white coats. 

They can however turn from black to pink or light brown because of the lack of sunlight.

Are Maltese dogs native to Malta?

The issue is quite contentious.

Historically some people believe that Malta was ruled by the Romans when they were in charge. According to others it is impossible to prove that these dogs were on the island.

In spite of their cute looks they are very brave loyal and vigilant so if you need a dog to guard your home this is the breed for you.

They are playful energetic and fun around the house. They should be exercising daily for 20 minutes. Potty training can be difficult due to their picky eating habits. In addition excessive barking can sometimes be extremely annoying.  

7. Miniature Poodle

Their reputation is that of sissy dogs which could not be farther from the truth. These dogs are actually very athletic. Its ears are short and floppy folding over close to the head.

According to the AKC this cute dog ranks 7th in breed popularity. Males weigh about 10-15 pounds and stand between 10-15 inches tall. Males tend to be quite smart and easy to train. 

As one of the longest living dog breeds they have a life expectancy of up to 18 years. They need a moderate amount of exercise each day about 20 minutes. They are available in many solid colors such as white cream brown silver and blue.

The history of Poodles is uncertain as it is with many breeds.

The majority of people believe they originated in Germany.

It is believed that they are a cross between many European water dogs. Other people believe they are descended from Asian herding dogs. 

Prior to World War II they were extremely rare in the United States. From the 1950s on they gained in popularity.

They are cheerful lively and friendly. It is very easy for them to live in apartments and adapt to new owners. Moreover they are good with children making them good companions and family-friendly. 

Though there are caveats: if you are not consistent with training they might become lazy and think of themselves as “alpha dogs.” 

In order to keep their coats looking beautiful Poodles require constant grooming. 

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