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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-26-2014, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Mixed Breed.... ears?

She's a mutt.

She's my wonderful mutt, but a mutt none-the-less. This is momma (on the right):


And no picture of Dad, but he has erect ears and is mostly GSD if not fully GSD. (irresponsible owners, puppies were then rescued by my friend who is their neighbors after pups were abandoned without food or water when the owner left for 2 weeks, and I got my pup from her).

And this is Arya.

So... she's 8 weeks old tomorrow. I really don't care whether she has erect ears or not, I love her regardless of appearance... but I'm curious.



What do y'all think??
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-26-2014, 04:23 PM
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Such a cutie. It really just depends on the puppy/breed. My German shepherd puppies ears stood at 8 weeks and then flip flopped until now at 3 months they are both erect.I asked his vet about this and was informed that from birth to 1 year of age they can go up and down (this has to do with teething). So again it just depends on the dog/breed. Your pup being a mix and her mommas ears being down it is hard to say. But regardless, she looks like a doll!
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Thanks. I love her. so far, such an easy puppy. Keep with a schedule and she's golden.

Anyone else have thoughts on her ears? Or is there absolutely no way of telling for a few more months?


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No way to tell. Even with purebred. Here's some encouragement though Mixed Breed.... ears?-imageuploadedbypg-free1393471432.216039.jpgMixed Breed.... ears?-imageuploadedbypg-free1393471447.485886.jpg less than 2 months apart


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She's a doll! I have no idea about the ears though. I've had Zoe 4 weeks and her ears go up and down then one up one down etc...I think sometimes you just don't know until they're a little older!

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Hmmm interesting to think about, I guess it would depend on where the Australian ? Shepherd ear genes are stronger than the GSD ear genes ? Or would it just be a simple random mix opposed to one gene over powering the other?

I really want to learn more about genetics tehe.

My friend had a Golden Retriever / Husky mix and it got the golden retriever floppy ears. Still adorable regardless ! Maybe you'll get one up and one down Wouldn't that be cute!


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I don't think there is any way to tell but here is more encouragement.

My mutt at 13 weeks.

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Hahaha... love that all of y'all are saying she's a doll. About 5 seconds after I took this picture she jumped up and started "attacking" my hand, and then wouldn't sit or stand still at all. Such a ham for attention though. I don't take her many places, but whenever I do, she sees a human being, ears just perk up, she looks at them, and starts wagging her tail.

But yeah... thanks! I was just curious!
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-04-2014, 10:56 PM
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Can't tell yet. I have a German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix. His ears went up around 4 months. My purebred German Shepherd pups ears went up fully at 7 weeks and are still up now at 13 almost 14 weeks. I kept in contact with the person I got my German Shepherd mix from. There ended up being more down than up eared dogs.

This is my German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix Kaiser. One of the only pictures where you see his ears clearly. Most pictures he has them pinned slightly back because he's making eye contact.



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Well, it'll be interesting seeing the whole litter... most of which we know the owners and can keep in touch easily. So far none have ears up... but with two... possibly three... different dads, it'll be interesting. Mine and another were a German Shepherd mix/poorly bred pure, as well as maybe one or two others... and at least 3 were from a Czech bred german shepherd, and there's one that, while the coloring is the same, the build of the body just isn't quite the same... so there might be an additional dad.

Both known dads have erect ears. Mom is as you see above.

And... good news. Momma got spayed two days ago. PRAISE THE LORD. It was looking there for quite a bit that the momma wouldn't get spayed and we'd have another litter this summer.... which is far from ideal.
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