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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-05-2011, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Will my shepherd's ears go up?

I have an 8 month old male German shepherd. I always have worried about his ears. When he was 4 months old his ears finally stood up. but soon after they went completely down. Now ever since he was 5 months old his left ear has been erect and the right one floppy. Will his ear ever go up? I mean, a month ago it wouldn't stay up for nothin. Now it stands up more if I help it but it will go down if he moves his head. And if he is in the right position it will stand up on its own, but is there any hope?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-05-2011, 11:52 PM
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I have heard that some GSD's ears don't both stay up until 10 months old. My dogs stood up when he was about 4 months but this varies.

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It's pretty late, so I'd tape them asap if i were you. There's still hope, but the windows closing.

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At 8 months, it will probably always be weak and a little floppy.

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Sounds like your gonna have a soft eared pup! :-) Soft ears are very sweet looking! :-)
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At 8 months he's a little old to still have a floppy ear. Personally, I think GSDs with floppy ears are pretty cute. You can try the taping or just give up and love him for who he is

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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 12:14 AM
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I've read that American bloodline and German bloodline GSD's can take different lengths of time for the ears to stand up completely. What I've read says weeks to months.

Well, my German GSD's right ear perked up early on. He is now almost 7 years old and his other ear just started to stand up by itself. At first, it would only stand up after he'd been outside in the cold for awhile, then when he came inside and warmed up, the ear would go "friendly" again. Over the last couple of months, the ear has consistently stayed up, inside or out, warm or cold. It is still not quite a rigid as the other one, but it seems to be getting stronger and stronger.

I've never found it important for his ears to stand up, so glueing/taping/whatever was never even a thought. While it does make him look more intimidating with both ears erect, anyone unknown to him who would have thought he was a pushover because his ear flopped over would have been sadly mistaken had they tried to enter his yard.

So, for those who say that the ears won't stay up if they don't stay up after some number of months early on, that's not entirely true.
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Any problems with ear tattoos? Puppy has a tattoo on right ear and that ear is more floppy. I'm hoping she didn't have trauma. Thoughts?
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Glock's one ear is a little.... crooked? It doesn't stand perfectly straight up. It is erect, just not straight. His quirky ear is the one with the tatoo on it. I do not know if this has something to do with it or what. It definitely fits his personality though!


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my Heidi`s left ear was flopped over towards the top at 7 months, I started massaging it 4 of 5 times a day, after a couple weeks it has stood on its own, and she liked the massage

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