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Old 04-07-2012, 03:42 PM
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Why do some Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have long ears but some have shorter ears?

Does it have to do with..Grooming, color of coat, etc.?
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Does it have to do with..Grooming, color of coat, etc.?
Of course breeding does play a factor in coat. However from what I have seen the younger ones have shorter ears. Most dogs do not get their full coat until they are 18 months old. I am sure some people also do not want to deal with the long ears so they trim them up. You can usually tell a trimmed ear because it does not come to a point in the center.
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Does it have to do with..Grooming, color of coat, etc.?
My poodle mix ears can be shot or longer depending on long I let the fur grown.
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Is their any way to know if a breeder breeds them with long ears or short ears?
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Is their any way to know if a breeder breeds them with long ears or short ears?
Problems With Those Silky Ears Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


according to this person long ears are not not always a good thing.
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Take a look at the parents and grandparents' ears to see if they are long or short.
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I have a Cavalier, their ears don't come in long or short; they are basically pretty much the same, some Cavaliers just have more hair on their ears than others. It just takes awhile for those ears to grow out, it is the age of the dog... it was probably a couple years before my dog got his long feathery ears.
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Cavaliers ears all grow long, it is up to the owner if they want to trim them short or not. As of right now, we are just letting Bentley's ears grow long. They get in his food or water now and then, pick up a bramble or two when we are playing outside, but I keep them clean and brushed.
There are health reasons for certain cavs to have their ears cut short. keeping the ears shorter is better if the cavalier has syringomyellia, as it can help with symptoms. Also when the cav is prone to ear infections it is a good idea to keep them a little shorter. Also ear mites are easier to contract with longer ear fur.

Until we have a medical reason, I plan to keep Bentley in full coat everywhere but his sanitary area and between his toes. I love the long cav coat. But I would not keep it long if it was causing him pain of course.
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I have a Cavalier, their ears don't come in long or short; they are basically pretty much the same, some Cavaliers just have more hair on their ears than others. It just takes awhile for those ears to grow out, it is the age of the dog... it was probably a couple years before my dog got his long feathery ears.
This too, the ears and fur is shorter when they are young, I was told that it can take cavs up to two years to have their full coat. Bentley is still on the short side for a cav at 10 months old.
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Meg, is your Cavalier named Bentley? LOL.... mine is named Bentley too. That is my boy in my avatar. They are the sweetest dogs in the world. Sometimes I do trim about half an inch of hair off the bottom of his ears. As well as keeping the hair inside his ears trimmed to help prevent ear infection woes.
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