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Illustrated commentary on the AKC BMD Breed Standard

When in repose, ears hang close to the head.

BMD ears and earset

Puppy ears may appear relatively large while the head is still growing, before the backskull has reached its full breadth.

Notice the placement at the top of the skull.
Large ears and low set ears are undesirable.

The ears are medium sized, set high, triangular in shape. gently rounded at the tip, and hang close to the head when in repose. When the Bernese Mountain Dog is alert, the ears are brought forward and raised at the base; the top of the ear is level with the top of the skull.