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Old 07-13-2010, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy adult with floppy ears

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My german shepherd is 1 year and 4 months and his ears have yet to stand up. he weighs about 102 lbs so he is rather large. he comes from an excellent blood line with no mixed breeding as far as i know. even when he was a puppy his ears would never stary up for more than a few minutes. my husband and i tried taping them but that didnt seem to help. he is cute with his floppy ears but not very intimidating. when my husband deploys it will be just me and Bowser (the dog) and since he doesnt have a viscious bone in his body i at least want him to look like a guard dog. I do not want to get his ears cut tho. Does anyone have any advice or tricks? should we try taping again?
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry but at that age, they will not come up no matter what you do. And cut them? Who would do such a horrible thing to a GSD?? If you want protection, get an alarm and/or a gun.
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I agree, at a year + they will never come up.

Also agree 100% about an home security system/gun for protection.

Deployments are tough (my husband has deployed several times) thank goodness you have a buddy to keep you company! Maybe to keep yourself busy and your mind off of the deployment enroll in some obdience classes with your dog. It's something you will both benefit from!

Absolutely no cutting of a GSD ears!!!
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Sorry but at that age, they will not come up no matter what you do. And cut them? Who would do such a horrible thing to a GSD?? If you want protection, get an alarm and/or a gun.
I couldn't agree more
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I think you've run out of time for them to come up naturally. There is a link on the pedigreedatabase.com for implants.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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They probably won't stand up since he's already over a year and it hasn't happened yet, but since when is a 100+ pound GSD (floppy ears or not) not intimidating?

That's still a lot of dog, ears standing or not.
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I would NEVER cut the ears of a dog!!!!!!!! We had a wonderful girl that always had floppy ears.....but, she had the HEART of a shepherd, and was BEAUTIFUL. Our other dog at the time looked like Rin Tin Tin, and I got very tired of answering the question (about the "floppy" ears...) "What is she mixed with?"
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just for the record i would NEVER EVER even consider cutting my babies ears. if they arent gonna stand up without that kind of thing then thats fine. i just didnt know if there was something i missed.
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just for the record i would NEVER EVER even consider cutting my babies ears. if they arent gonna stand up without that kind of thing then thats fine. i just didnt know if there was something i missed.
It honestly didn't sound like that was your intention and it's obvious you love your boy!
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well since its obvious they arent going to stand does anyone know what may of caused it? could it be his size? he is unusually large and his ears are very thick. could it be his size? he has always had things to chew on and there was never any injury to the ears that i know of. we got him when he was 8 weeks.
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