|Sonata's ears looked sufficiently large when she was young|
|Sonata as an adult, with full coat - the ears are only just |
big enough and perhaps could be a little larger for balance
The ears should be large – in particular, wide at the base, and also tall. Kittens need to have absolutely HUGE ears as they will inevitably become smaller in relation to the rest of the head as the cat matures. The Standard says that small ears are a with-holding fault.
|Ragna's ears were too rounded at the top, although they had good 'furnishings'|
The ears should be triangular in shape, ending in a pointed tip – NOT a rounded tip. Most of my cats have nice ear-tops but Ragna, above, had ears that were too rounded (of course she had other nice qualities that made up for this and allowed her to easily reach GCCF Champion status.)
The ears should be so placed that they follow the sidelines of the head, which is also a triangular shape. They should not sag down at the side of the head, nor be pointing too upright, but should be a continuation of the triangle. Often a cat's head will widen (particularly in entire males) meaning that ears can end up too low on the sides of the head. Much worse than this is when you get ears that are too upright, called 'rabbit ears'. Sometimes kittens have 'rabbit ears' which then become correctly positioned as they mature. It's a case of knowing the lines - see what the ancestors' ears are like.
|Vieuxtemps Avedine was a very beautiful kitten, but at the stage above her ears are a little too upright - can you see how the outer line of the ears doesn't follow the sidelines of her head, thus spoiling that all-important 'triangle' effect?|
|Pelle greatly helped improve the ears of the Vieuxtemps line|
both in terms of size, shape and position