Saturday, September 19, 2009
Photo Phriday: What's Up With These Ears?
Sam had the bad luck to be bought as a young puppy and registered with the United Kennel Club as "Kapsa's Shep." It appears that she sold a lot of his offspring, or at least, pups with his name listed as sire. He's got a great temperament and is a lovely individual. He also has a wry jaw and absolutely atrocious teeth, and an extra set of floating ribs. (Hint: not breeding stock in the sane world.) He likes to carry a ball at all times, and I wonder if this isn't because it is more comfortable than closing his jaws. At least one of his sons rescued through Operation New Beginnings seems to have inherited the jaw deformity.
He also has a split in one ear pinna. Normally I would assume that such a feature was due to trauma, probably fighting. But it appears we have a mystery
There are two males that we are sure are Sons of Sam. Here is the left ear of one of them:
The other son is fostering at my house, and has a single split in one pinna, just like Sam's.
And this bitch could well be a Sam daughter:
It was Fancy's perfectly symmetrical split pinnae that first caught my attention, on the day that Sam, Fancy, Bruno and Max (now Barry White) were all neutered.
I am convinced that it is a congenital deformity, though I've never heard of such a thing being a genetic defect in dogs. The head vet tech working that day is just as convinced that "someone" cut the ears when these dogs were pups, in order to "mark" them.
Anyone have any ideas?