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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-01-2011, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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at what age do ears stand up?

I was just wondering what the typical age is for a GSD's ears to stand?
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-01-2011, 09:27 AM
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there is a section, under puppy, that deals with nothing but ears! Really, it depends a lot on the dog and bloodline. Most pups ears will be up and down until they finish teething. I believe the deadline for taping ears is if they aren't standing by 4 months (some say 3)
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honestly, there is a big window for when they stand up. Anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months. It seems like from reading alot of posts that most pups seem to first go up around 12 weeks but like i said, some never go up until they are completely done teething.
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I definitely agree that it does vary, with alot of factors too, but for sure it'll take more than a month.

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A lot depends on genetics. My bitch seems to have strong ears and puts that into her puppies. I also think size plays a part in it. I have a litter and the smallest females ears were up and stayed up at 4 weeks. The other two females were up by 7 wks, the males second ear finally came up to stay at 8 wks. I have seen puppies at 12 wks that didnt have both up yet, but within two weeks they were.

Some one mentioned diet playing a role in ear development. These puppies were raised on a raw diet and perhaps the bone in their food helped with giving the body the calcium and minerals needed to develop teeth and ears. I really have no idea though.

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post #6 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-01-2011, 12:00 PM
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the dog i have now ears stood up at 5 months old.
before that they were doing the ear dance (up down and
all around). my last GSD ears stood up at 6 months.
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My puppy had strong up ears at 10 weeks and the breeder said it was due to the raw diet. I am sure genetics plays a part too but nutrition I would assume more.
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yea my pups stood up at around 11 weeks. They have been really firm the whole time too and never gone now and shes 5 months now. But one of her siblings ears have been all over the place. They are standing but they are very soft. It just varies from puppy to puppy.
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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-01-2011, 03:59 PM
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Xander's ears were up when we got him at I think 8 or 9 weeks. They did go up and down during teething but for the most part stayed up.

It's totally normal though for some dogs ears to take awhile to come up.

I kind of wish Xander had gone through some of the wonky ear stages some GSD pups go through - it's so cute when they have teepee ears

What age is your puppy?
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post #10 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-02-2011, 09:25 AM
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Check out my thread about Sam, I have a week by week in there, sometimes day by day. Just put some up at 14 weeks. Alot of other people put their dogs pictures and ages in there too. This helped ease my worry!

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