Have you ever wondered why dogs have floppy ears? Coyotes and wolves don’t so why do dogs ears are floppy and started to hang down over years of evolutionary changes? What makes them lose their pointing ears like wolves? You must be thinking it’s because they don’t hunt anymore or just because they don’t have upward pointing ears their hearing power is less?
This is one question that every dog owner and dog lover have been seeking an answer for. So Charles Darwin was also vexed by the mystery of dogs have floppy ears and was trying to find the answer. But it was another scientist who made the discovery and what disgruntled Darwin more was that he discovered it the same year of Darwin’s book release about his findings. Charles Darwin’s book; The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication was published on the 30th of January, 1868 – That’s 150 years ago!
The answer to the question is quite fascinating and the result even more. He made an animation to answer all our question related to dogs. The animation mentions everything right from why their snouts have gotten shorter to why they can have patches of colour. Obviously, I won’t ruin and spoil the discovery. Why not see it yourself? And as we know an animated video can do a much better job of explaining things. So just relax and get excited to learn about your canine companions.