Why do cats have ears sticking up and dogs have ears sloping down ?

Why do cats always have ears sticking up and most dogs have ears flopping down. Why do some dogs have ears sticking up like cats? Are those dogs related to cats?

Asked By: Scott V - 9/29/2008
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Cats and dogs do share a common ancestor but over the years, they have evolved into two separate species. The reason dogs have different shaped ears is due to their breeding. Most dogs were bred to do specific jobs. Some of those jobs were better suited to dogs that had sloping ears while others were fine for those... More
Answered By: RoVale - 9/29/2008
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Answered By: laughing - 9/29/2008
Scottish folds have their ears sticking down and no they are not related to dogs. When you call a dog, the dog comes to you. When you call a cat, it does what it wants.
Answered By: gregory_dittman - 9/29/2008
Cats generally hunt at night. Their ears help locate their prey. Wild dogs (wolves/jackals/dingoes/hunting dogs) also have ears that stick up. Many domestic breeds are specifically bred, with little relation to their wild ancestors.
Answered By: Bertsta - 9/29/2008
Selective breeding... More
Answered By: Jen J - 9/30/2008
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