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Old 16-07-2011, 10:07 PM
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What is the fold on outside of the ear ?

OK this has been bugging me for ages. All dogs (as far as I know) have a fold/pocket on the edge of their ears. Couple of questions. What is it called and is there a reason it is there ?
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OK this has been bugging me for ages. All dogs (as far as I know) have a fold/pocket on the edge of their ears. Couple of questions. What is it called and is there a reason it is there ?
Dunno what its for but hey its great for tickling
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Re: What is the fold on outside of the ear ?

Thats a good question, Ive wondered about the purpose of it before. I always assumed it was to aid ear bendyness for better listening.
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Re: What is the fold on outside of the ear ?

No idea apart from turning dogs into a pile of mush when you rub it.
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Re: What is the fold on outside of the ear ?

It's actually called the cutaneous marginal pouch. All dogs have it, but it doesn't seem to have any purpose nowadays. Perhaps it's something that had a purpose years ago, like our appendixes?!

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Re: What is the fold on outside of the ear ?

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OK this has been bugging me for ages. All dogs (as far as I know) have a fold/pocket on the edge of their ears. Couple of questions. What is it called and is there a reason it is there ?

Great thread!

I've just inspected my dogs ears to check them out. I think they are to make the dogs ears flexible when they flop about when they're running and jumping. But that's just my uneducated personal opinion.
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Re: What is the fold on outside of the ear ?

Found this maybe it will help..
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Re: What is the fold on outside of the ear ?

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Lol, that's a human ear!

As I said earlier it's called the cutaneous marginal pouch
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Re: What is the fold on outside of the ear ?

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Lol, that's a human ear!

As I said earlier it's called the cutaneous marginal pouch
So it is - well it came from a doggie site!
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So it is - well it came from a doggie site!
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