photo credit: Guinness World Records
Tigger is a purebred bloodhound owned by Brian and Christina Flessner from St Joseph, Illinois and has the world record for the longest ears on a dog.
This beautiful dog’s left ear spans out to a lengthy 13.5 inches and his right ear stretches an impressive 13.75 inches. With those ears, he’s won over 180 Best of Breed awards and was inducted into the Bloodhound “Hall of Fame” in 2003.
That same year Guinness World Records heard about Tigger and flew out to measure him and his ears officially landed him as the world record holder for longest ears on a dog.
Brian his owner says, “At the dog shows we get a lot of people that want to take their pictures with Tigger and they want to see him. Everybody wants to pet him even though he doesn’t go that much anymore but that’s where the noterity comes from.”
Bloodhounds are known for having long floppy ears and according to Wikipedia the reason they have them is for picking up on the scent of blood when hunting. Hence the name Bloodhound.
They were originally bred for hunting wild animals like deer, ducks and wild boar. They were so good at tracking scents that in the Middle Ages they were used to track people who were missing or prisoners who escaped.
Tigger, however, hasn’t used those ears for hunting animals or tracking people, he’s used them for winning competitions and setting world records.