The Dog’s Ears: Movements, Meanings, and Importance

That the dog can not express itself verbally in the same way that we do, does not mean that it can not communicate with total clarity. We just need to know how to understand him, and for that, we must study his movements. One of the most fundamental, of course, is the tail. But equally revealing is that of the ears. Although not all dogs have the same type of atrial morphology, so the movement and its meaning can not always be easily detected, the language is universal, so we are going to include a list with all the positions And gestures, and what they mean.
Of course, first of all we remember that in Spain the mutilation by aesthetics is prohibited, and that if it were not, we would equally advise against it completely, except for medical reasons; No matter how well cut a cut should not impede movement, there is still a risk that is not worth passing our pet.
Positions, movements and meaning.

Erect and somewhat leaning forward (I)

The dog is paying attention to what happens to him. It is usually accompanied by head tilts, which denote special interest in the matter.

Erect and somewhat leaning forward (II)

It is a sign of dominance if accompanied by a fully raised tail, a pose with the chest out, and the muzzle closed with the head up and also forward.
Tilted ostensibly forward

Our pet is challenging what is in front of us, and is about to attack. It is accompanied by a wrinkled snout and the sample of all his teeth, gaze fixed, and body blocked and a bit ahead.
Back ears

It is the way of saying that he is tense, that he is afraid. If he teaches the teeth, it means that he is also willing to defend himself if the threat comes to fruition. To the ears is associated the tail between the legs, the head down and the eyes half open, avoiding the crossing of looks.

Head-to-back and folded back

With this position, the animal is expressing its peaceful submission. In fact, he is not showing his teeth or wrinkling his snout, and his body is crouched. All the while, keep your eyes down.

Relaxed Ears

If they are accompanied by a raised and moving tail and open and relaxed mouth, and eyes wide open imply a friendly gesture.


If our pet starts by moving the ears forward, then pulling them back and / or lowering them, it is telling us that it is quiet, in an observer mode, it does not seek trouble.

In short, it is obvious that in addition to being a very characteristic element in each dog, the ears constitute a fundamental part for their communication. We repeat, therefore, that unless advised by a veterinarian for health reasons, he should not even consider the possibility of mutilating them for matters that are not relevant.