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Severe Faults Example
▪ Prick ears and hound type ears are severe faults.


Hound Ears: Pendulous ears that hang downward from their junction at the skull with little to no lift. Seen in breeds such as Setters and Retrievers, it is incorrect for the Australian Shepherd.
Hound ears hold in moisture and are prone to ear infections. They severely detract from the character and breed type of the Australian Shepherd.

Prick Ears:  Stiff, upright ears offering no protection from debris and severely detracting from the Australian Shepherd Breed type.

Hound Ear
Hound Ears
Prick Ears
Prick Ear
Hound ear
Hound Ears
Prick Ears
Prick Ears

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