In general, upright ears signify that a dog is attentive and alert. They are also a good indicator of their ability to hear high-pitched sounds and are generally more sensitive than human ears.
However, a quick ear movement or pinned ears can indicate that your pet is confused, scared, or even angry. Pinned ears can also indicate that your dog is avoiding certain situations or environments.
Some breeds, such as cocker spaniels and poodles, have a distinctive feature called “bat ears.” Bat ears are very upright and tend to angle outward like bat wings.
Other dogs’ ears, such as dachshunds and terriers, can be very floppy. This can be a genetic trait or an injury that caused the ear to flop.
There are several possible reasons your dog’s ear could go floppier than normal, but the most common is injury. The ear cartilage can be broken or damaged by a fall, bite wounds, scratches, and other injuries.
It’s important to check your dog’s ear for signs of infection, such as pus that may be leaking out of the ear. If you notice this, call your vet. He or she will be able to diagnose the problem and prescribe the correct treatment for your dog. They will also help you prevent this health condition from happening again.