What is the fold on outside of the ear ?

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  1. Goblin

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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 ?
     
  2. Kinjilabs

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    Dunno what its for but hey its great for tickling:D
     
  3. catz4m8z

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    Thats a good question, Ive wondered about the purpose of it before.:confused: I always assumed it was to aid ear bendyness for better listening.
     
  4. Nicky10

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    No idea apart from turning dogs into a pile of mush when you rub it.
     
  5. LouJ69

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    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?!

    Canine anatomy - Google Books
     
  6. metaldog

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    Great thread! :D

    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. :)
     
  7. 912142

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    Found this maybe it will help..
     

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    Lol, that's a human ear! :p

    As I said earlier it's called the cutaneous marginal pouch :thumbup:
     
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    So it is - well it came from a doggie site!
     
  10. LouJ69

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    Lol!!! :shocked:
     
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