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Old 12-29-2012, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there anything to this? Both of Gertie's ears are still down at 3.5 months and we've only had short spurts where both with stand or one will stand but it doesn't last more than part of a day before they both flop.

We do touch her ears when we rub her head or tickle behind them, and when we roughhouse we'll rub her face but I've been reading a few places you're not supposed to touch them at all. How is this even possible? I mean she sleeps with her head smooshed up against a wall or her crate sometimes. I can't keep her from flattening her ears against stuff when I'm asleep.

And is there any truth to this? I try to keep my hands off them from the most part but if GSD ears are really that fragile I'm surprised any have ears that stand.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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MYTH!

Heck, if you've seen a litter of pups play you'd know GSD's would never have standing ears if that was true

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If they were so fragile that the slightest touch made them crumple, no GSD ears would stand

Some ears stand because the cartilage is good and there is good structure that helps the ears stand easily. Some dogs have issues with ears standing, this is due to genetics and not enough cartilage/strength for those ears to stand - a fault and these dogs are pulled out of the breeding pool. No amount of touching will shift the ears one way or another.
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My Yosch's are still soft at 4.5 months,, if they never go up I'll just blame my wife because she could never keep her hands off 'em lol
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My Yosch's are still soft at 4.5 months,, if they never go up I'll just blame my wife because she could never keep her hands off 'em lol
That's too funny
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Myth. I ALWAYS played with my dogs ears. They came up perfectly. They had the normal up, down, one up, down, then both up perfectly. I don't think my dogs came up til 5 months? Maybe 4.5
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MYTH! I made sure to play with Shasta's ears when she came home. She's a great deal more managable when she needs to have her ears checked by anyone than one of the fosters I had. Her ears stand just fine, except for that one tip but thats not genetic. Its due to damage from one of her litter mates. If the ears are going to stand, they'll stand. if they aren't...well you get the idea lol. Some pups ears are also heavier/larger than others so it can take a bit longer.
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That's what I thought. I've been reading about ears and came across a few sites that I assumed had credible info until I come across the "Don't touch them" rule which makes zero sense to me. I guess I understand that not touching them would help reduce chance of accidentally injuring the ears but when it says not even to pet their head it seems a bit ridiculous to me.
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Absolutely a myth.
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I've never heard that, though I can see why it'd become a myth. Lol Keira's ears came up for good about 13 weeks. Before that, one was up and down. IMO puppies are like babies/children every one is different and they hit their milestones at different times. =]


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