There's no real health risks involved with floppy ears. It's said that they tend to be more prone to ear infections (due to moisture build up/not being as aired out) then upright ears. I've had both and never had any issues with my floppy eared boy. I did find that my pricked ear Dutchie seems to collect a lot of dirt in there, but we live in a dusty/windy area.
I read somewhere that pricked eared breeds with floppy ears were more likely to develop joint issues due to cartilage issues throughout the body (hence floppy ears) but it seemed very "crack science" to me.
Thank you for the insight!! I've been having a tough time finding any reputable articles online.
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You've tried everything and your GSD's ears just won't stand, now what? How do you deal with the disappointment? How do you deal with the doubt? How do you deal with the dumb comments unknowing people make about your GSD?
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Unfortunately, I'm not dealing with it very well so I have no advice to give. I think the reason I'm not dealing with it well are a few things....
1) Everyone told me not to worry and when I finally went to see a vet that KNEW about ears when Ekko was 7 months, he told me it was pretty much too late. I still kick myself for it.
2) After taping only once, Ekko had an ear infection and has had them ever since. Also lots of scratching at the ears, so I was never able to tape again.
3) I have a pic of Ekko after the 1st taping where his ears stood for 3 hours. This pic of him is absolutely gorgeous!!
Don't get me wrong, I still think Ekko is gorgeous even with the floppy ears. But he truly looked like a different dog with those ears standing. The breeder had offered to take him back, but I'm not going to give him back over floppy ears. I love him so and always will [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/puppy3.gif[/img]
Even now at almost 19 months, I still have hope that I can try taping one more time, but I know in my heart it is not to be. As you can see, I am not coping well. I hope someone has great advice on how to deal with this! LOL
I went through this years ago with my first shepherd. His parents were so regal with those erect ears, but my guy looked like a doofus with one ear hanging down. I was ashamed of myself for being so "superficial", but doggone it- those ears really make the look of a Getman Shepherd Dog! I guess you can never predict what the ears will do, since they aren't really up when you bring home a young pup! :/
Houdini (8.5wk) only has one ear erect and the other one seems to be on its way. I used to think I didn't care but ever since I got him, the German shepherd breed has won over my heart and I can't imagine my little one not looking like his brethren. I wouldn't be worried if he didn't insist on napping with his head wedged under the sofa. Could that cause any damage? It's not like I'm raising him to be a show dog so I'll love him either way.
I think we just answered this exact same question a day or two ago? If they were up at ten weeks, odds are they will go back up. This up and down with ears is normal. You didn't damage them by massaging them.