Long-eared Goats

Some goat breeds, especially in Pakistan and some areas around it, have often been observed to have long ears. This unique feature may also be seen in breeds from certain African countries, like Egypt and Morocco, where the climate is arid. These long ears may be an adaptation to the breeds’ hot and humid surroundings.

How Do These Long Ears Help the Goat

  • Increases Blood Circulation – The ears have a greater surface area due to their length, so the number of blood vessels in that part is also higher. This allows better blood circulation, preventing overheating during hot weather. In fact, goats native to cooler climates have been observed to have smaller, erect ears to stay warm.
  • Acts as a Protective Shield – They protect the eyes and inner region of their ears from harsh sunlight, also keeping any dust, sand, or insects from entering.
Long-eared Goats

List of Goats With Long Ears

Most of these breeds have developed long ears due to their genetics and to adapt to their environment. Sometimes, a genetic quirk can lead to a goat having even larger ears than usual. One of the most famous long-eared goats, Simba, was born in 2022 in Pakistan with 19-inch ears, which grew to about 22 inches in a month.

BreedEar DescriptionLength of the Ears (in inches)
Anglo-NubianPendulous and lopped9-12
BeetalFlat and drooping10-18
DamascusPendulous and droops near the shoulders11-13
GulabiDistinctly white, hangs below their shoulders17-24
HejaziPendulous and droopy, often up to 10 inches wide25-28
JamnapariFlat, droops gracefully next to their heads10-13
KamoriHuge, reaching well below their shoulders17-19
PateriDroopy, becomes wider near the end10-12
RajanpuriDroops close to the head17-19

Sometimes, a goat’s ears may become floppy due to excessive heat. Especially if the ears aren’t naturally like that, the goat may need more water and shade to stay cool.

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