Super-long ears see Guinness World Record for dog

A new entry in the 2022 Guinness World Records book is a black and tan Coonhound named Lou, from Portland, Oregon, in the USA.

The pup’s owner, Paige Olsen, contacted Guinness with details of her three-year-old pet after measuring the dog’s ears during the pandemic. Despite Lou’s ears always being a prominent feature, Olsen had never previously been inspired to whip out her tape measure. At a whopping 34 centimetres long, Guinness officials confirmed that they were the longest ears on a living canine to their knowledge, earning Lou a position in the newly released annual publication.

Long ears are a common trait among Coonhounds, however, as Lou’s ears are exceptionally lengthy even for this breed, Olsen has to pay particular attention to ensuring they are kept healthy, as long ears are a magnet for ear mites and can be prone to ear infections.

Guinness World Records was originally called the Guinness Book of Records until 1999, and the 2022 edition is the 67th year of publication. Founded in London in the early 1950s, the first book was released in August 1955 and shot straight to the top of the best seller list in the UK within four months.

The 2022 edition also features an entry for ‘fastest pushing a basketball by a dog’, with the new top spot held by deaf Australian Cattle Dog named Jellybean. Meanwhile, a team effort between a Bengal Leopard cat and a deaf Boston Terrier named Lollipop earned the duo a record-breaking position for ‘fastest five metres on a scooter by a dog and cat’.