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Would any of our members be interested in posting some photos of their GSD puppies with ears before and after (and maybe in-between) the standing process for me to feature in this section for our members/viewers who maybe questioning if their puppy's ears are going to stand or not? I think it would be helpful if those of us who have already experienced the puppy ear stages could share. Sometimes it’s easier for others to understand and be patient when they can see pictures from others who have gone through it. I’ll be posting some of my Scooby to this thread but I’d like a variety if possible.

If you are interested, go ahead and post them here. Thank you.
 

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Here are pictures of Rainer's ears:

Here he is the day I brought him home - a couple day before he turned 8 weeks


Still down at 9 weeks:


Coming up at 10 weeks:


Ears up at 3 months:


One week before I turned 4 months:


Ear down at 4 months - "I'm teething"


Back up 3 weeks later at almost 5 months:


Here he is at 9 months - still standing!
 

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I feel so much better after seeing the photos of other shepherds with their ears half up, half down...I have two shepherds, "Voodoo," who is 14 months old and "Chopper," who is just 3 1/2 months old and have been going crazy about Chopper's ears.
Voodoo has one that never did stand up properly and I wanted so badly for Chopper's to stand. Voodoo's mother's ear does the same and I have since been advised that is a trait that will be passed on.
Chopper's breeder, however, has told me none of his pups have ever NOT put up their ears, so I am hoping his one "floppy" will still rise.
It does here and there but not on a regular basis.
(Both dogs are AKC)
The breeder advised me to feed Chopper yogurt to help give him more cartilage and although it sounds crazy, when he eats the stuff, the ear does seem to stand better!
What about taping? Who can do it? Does it work?
He is such a gorgeous dog, as is Voodoo, but the ear-thing really detracts from their looks.
I'm new to the site so hope this is not too long or involved.
Thanks
 

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Reno at 9 1/2 weeks:



Do you think his ears are "BEHIND". I look at some of the other photos, and the other pups ears are up or are real close to being up at 9 or 10 weeks. Now I am worried.. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/429.gif
 

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I've previously posted about all the "up and downs" we've had with Cooper. Rio, his littermate, was the exact opposite. His ears were up by 6 weeks and stayed up.

Rio at 6 weeks - very small "bat" ears.


At 9 weeks you can see how much his ears have grown.
 

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Couple more of Gus taken today, he's 9 weeks today. I think we're starting to get liftoff! Good advice Nicole, I think that extra calcium early on could be a big plus -- your guy is gorgeous with those big ears, and I love how much the coloring changes. I love this puppy stage, but I'm also anxious to see how he's going to turn out! BTW, couple more pics of Gus and his big brother Gizmo in the Pictures section.



 

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Hey guys the pictures are great. Do you think we could keep this thread just for the ears pictures? I'm afraid your questions and/or advise will get lost in this thread. Could we start a new thread in this forum for your questions and advise? Please - Thanks.

remainder edited by Vinnie due to no photos
 

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Kaiser's before and after /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/elkgrin.gif

This is his version on E.T. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
 
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i posted this on the other ears thread.....but didnt want anyone to miss out on a laugh!! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/jester.gif
this is "tabitha" at 4 weeks.......(tabs are what we call ears in derbyshire UK, where i live!!) geddit?? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rotflmao.gif

 

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Here is the timeline so far for my Xander...

Here he is at 9 weeks when I got him


I was unable to get a 10 and 11 week photo since he was hospitalized during those weeks.

Here he is at 12 weeks


Here he is at 13 weeks


Here he is at 14 weeks



Here he is current at 15 weeks...


He is growing up so fast
 

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<font color="#666666">Just a friendly reminder that this thread is intended for "Ears Up????" photos ONLY (no comments please) to help encourage those members of ours who are new to this area of GSD ownership. Seeing pictures of the different stages of GSD ear development can help answer a lot of questions and help the owner know what to watch for in their own puppy thus helping to calm their worries.

Due to the size and loading time of this thread, all other posts and posts with broken photo links (showing as red Xs) will be removed or redirected. If people have questions on GSD ears, they should start a new thread where the questions/comments can be discussed properly and are not at risk of being removed.

Thank you for your cooperation. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hello.gif </font>
 

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Here's Chyna at 15 weeks, ears not quite upright (she's the one with the wrinkle nose)

And again one week later, ears a lot straighter

Notice Asia, at 6 months, still has floppy ears
 

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Here is Kaiser at 9 weeks

And now at 12 weeks. His ears just seemed to pop up overnight. Now yesterday he has both ears up and most of time they are straight.
 

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Here's Kodiaks progression.. =)

At 12 weeks..


At 4 months


At 5 months


Here's the 1st time they both stood up completely, for about a day


Here's 6 months(They have been up since then)...


And here he is at 10 months
 

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This is my pup at 4 weeks old- I gave EsterC to his mother throughout her pregnancy. Once he became 12 weeks I started him on 500mgs of EsterC
two times a week. The whole litters ears were up at 4 weeks and stayed up. I really think EsterC is helpful- it works for me!!!
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