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6 months, both ears up but soft ear?

One ear stays up 24-7, even when sleeping. The other ear goes down when he sleeps, hes tired, or after he wakes up.

Is that what a soft ear is? Should I tape just the soft ear? Hes 6 months.

Lex, 4 years old.
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Re: 6 months, both ears up but soft ear?

yep it's a soft ear........talk to your vet about taping - some dogs take a wee bit more time than others and it'll come along..... see what she/he says about it, sometimes it's necessary due to less muscle strength..... It always helps to ask the vet
Roxie was around six months when her right finally STAYED up. Timer (well I didn't have him as a pup) and Gracie and Dublin also were 5-6 months when I noted they'd STAYED up..........

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Re: 6 months, both ears up but soft ear?

My Bear has a soft ear as well, one stays up all the time and the other is more like half up, and goes up rarely. At 6 months, you could look into taping or glueing. Bear is now 1 and ive been taping his ear up for 2 months and still it flops after the tape falls off. I've learned to just accept it and it actually fits his goofy personality.

Their is lots of info in the Puppy Place section in the Ears Up thread. Their are any different ways to set the ear in an upright position. I would start now if you are trying to get it to stay up. As he gets older it will be harder to get it to stay up.

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Re: 6 months, both ears up but soft ear?

I have a question about this. My puppy's ears go back when he is excited and is about to be petted. The tips of his ears when he is running move a bit when he is going fast, but his ears stay up still. His ears are not erect when he is resting, but they are rather floppy. He just turned 7months old. Here is a picture of him with his ears up:



Is it possible to have a soft ear that stays up mostly, but is loose when he is super relaxed? Sorry if that is a dumb question. I have only noticed his ears not being completely up when he is running, sleeping, and being petted.
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Re: 6 months, both ears up but soft ear?

Laura, that sounds completely normal for soft ears. The one ear that Bear has that does stay up all the time, the tip of it flys back when he runs. Its not a big deal if it goes down when he is resting.

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Re: 6 months, both ears up but soft ear?

So, are you saying he does have soft ears or does not? Sorry--I was a bit confused with the wording of your first sentence. Thanks Ailyn!
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Re: 6 months, both ears up but soft ear?

I don't think Laura C's very handsome pup has "soft ears."

Relaxing the ears when he's chillin' is totally normal.

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Re: 6 months, both ears up but soft ear?

We did tape them already. At 5 months they weren't up. We taped them and the tape has been off for about 4 weeks now and now this ear decides to go back down.

I guess we'll tape the one again.

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Re: 6 months, both ears up but soft ear?

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Originally Posted By: Luca_stlI don't think Laura C's very handsome pup has "soft ears."

Relaxing the ears when he's chillin' is totally normal.
Agree. I wouldnt say soft ears at all. Kelso ears have pretty much always been up, never had any of those cute puppy ear stages. But when he is being petted or running they almost go flat back..also both of ours when you scratch them in the right spot the ears do crazy things, bent over, sideways, tongues hanging out and looking all a mess, thats when you know its a good scratch..

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I wish my kitty's loved my puppy like yours seems to. One of my cats was very attached to my old GSD that died this past December. He has not taken to my 7 week old even though I have had her for 3 weeks now.
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