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My seven-month old GSD has a funny pattern of ear behavior.
1. Mornings begin with the flying nun.
2. He sleeps for a few hours in the kennel while I am at work. I come home and both ears are up.
3. By about 8:00 pm, only the right ear is up.
4. At 10:00, we are back to the flying nun.

He is a big boy, weighing in at 60+ pounds and just now 7 months. Also, he has some big honkin', Bugs Bunny-lookin' GSD ears on him. I know that the up-down thing is normal, but does it take this kind of pattern?
 

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It is normal but at 7 months he is in the 'iffy' window. I know it's possible for ears still go up at that age but if they aren't up by 5 months I use forms.

There's a ear stage pictorial in the puppy section.
 

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Take him on walks and put him in situations where his curiousity or alertness will put his ears up, those exercises will help.
I believe that big boys mature more slowly so don't start worrying yet.
 

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Paddy D., I have never thought about how gender differences influence the ears. I wonder if that is true. Our friend's female GSD's ears went up at 3-4 months. I think that he has his adult teeth, but he is still chewing a lot of bones and toys. Also, he is one big galoofy, clutzy dog with feet the size of dinner plates. I wonder if he is just still maturing. Interesting...
 
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