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Old 11-20-2014, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So i have a 3/4 German shepherd & 1/4 lab... she is currently 3.5 months old. When we first got her the ears were down and at about 3 months old her ears where up for about a good week. Then once upon a morning her ears were down and haven't been up since. I would of thought it was just her ears deciding what they want to do. But i read up on German shepherd puppy ears and that the cartage is very fragil and can be easily damaged if rubbed/touched/scratched/bent/crumpled.... And then i clicked that my dad always rubs/crumple touches the puppy's ears with much force(within reason of course) she enjoys it but i just realized that could be why the ears are down.He always does this daily.

So will the ears be permanently damaged? Will they go back up? Do i just wait? is the cartilage injured? do they need to gain strength again? please im very concered. are they brokenn?
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Old 11-20-2014, 10:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ears often will go down during teething. Chances are if they were up before, they'll get back up again.

But since your pup is not pure bred and has floppy-eared lab in her, there is a chance that she will have naturally floppy ears.

Normal petting won't harm the ears - your dog will have either erect ears, or floppy ears, depending on what her genetics decide. Just love her the way she is, I'm sure she is beautiful! .
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any other opinions. am i just being over concerned
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She is still very young. Ears can be up as late as 6-7mos...being a mix with floppy ears in the background, it's possible they won't stand, however, if they have already I'd just be patient... They will probably start going up again soon
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Yes. Probably.
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If ears being up is that important to you, then you could have bought a pure bred with a breeder guarantee that the ears will stand.

Otherwise, with a mixed breed, well, who knows? Not very likely that daily petting broke her ears - and normal that the ears fall during teething with starts around 4 months and lasts until six months of age.

So if by six/seven months her ears are still down, she probably has naturally floppy ears.
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what do you base this on "So i have a 3/4 German shepherd & 1/4 lab" ?

this is a young dog .
leave the ears alone .

don't impose GSD expectations on a dog that may have no or little GSD in the genetic make up.

enjoy the dog for what she is !
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what do you base this on "So i have a 3/4 German shepherd & 1/4 lab" ?

this is a young dog .
leave the ears alone .

don't impose GSD expectations on a dog that may have no or little GSD in the genetic make up.

enjoy the dog for what she is !
The dad is a full bred GSD with evidence and the mom is a GSD/lab mix... hence 3/4 German shepherd & 1/4 lab. records were given
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If ears being up is that important to you, then you could have bought a pure bred with a breeder guarantee that the ears will stand.

Otherwise, with a mixed breed, well, who knows? Not very likely that daily petting broke her ears - and normal that the ears fall during teething with starts around 4 months and lasts until six months of age.

So if by six/seven months her ears are still down, she probably has naturally floppy ears.
if someonewhere in my forum i posted anything about ears being the most important thing to me you are mistaken. i love my dog forever and always. whatever the ears do. but this website has a whole FORUM PAGE deticated about the ears. i think its a common thing to be suspicious/curious to learn about ear behavior. jeez
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to get it straight this post wasnt all about will the ears go up or not. i was mainly concerned that my dad/family member rough behavior to ear petting has damaged the ears to the point that they dont go up. i read places were GSD ears need to be untouched while they are up as a puppy so you dont hard them. i love her for who she is believe me!!!!
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