April 25, 2014

What age do German Shepherd puppy ears stand up?

Question by driven: What age do German Shepherd puppy ears start to stand up?
I have a German shep/ husky pup and I was wondering at what age should his ears start to stand up (instead of flop over) if they are going to do that? He’s 8 weeks.

Quick answer:

Answer by Anna & The Peanut :)
I am not sure about the ears of a Husky…

But a GSD’s ears can vary when they go up quite a bit.
Anywhere from now (8 wks) to 6 months and even longer, but a lot depends on teething etc. However, if they are not up by 5 months, then they are often taped, to assist in the process. Some never come up.

As yours is a cross bred dog, I am not sure what his ears will do – It probably does not really matter as he won’t be shown. However, it is up to you.

Also remember that if you rub your dogs ears a lot or play with them, it will weaken the cartilage and they will be much more likely to flop down.

Here is a website that goes into much more detail on GSD’s ears for you and explains everything clearly.

http://leerburg.com/tapingears.htm?set=1

Good Luck! Perhaps try googling info on Huskys ears?

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What do you think?

Comments

  1. King Les The Lofty says:

    Any time from 4 weeks to never, depending on genetics and health.
    Those that erect their ears early usually have them flop or "clothes-peg" in various ways during teething.
    But not to worry – an ear that has ever been up under its own power (not gravity assisted or wind assisted) will eventually stand up again.

    Most GSDs have permanently erect ears at some stage when they are 7 months old. The longest I've had to wait for both ears to be up at the same time was 9 months, after which they were perfect.

    But do NOT play around with tape or glue – let Nature have its way.
    Breeders who foolishly start "assisting" ears soon find that they have mated 2 such "assisted" pooches and now their litter's ears refuse to come up.

    As Huskies tend to have more natural ears than do American-bred GSDs (I don't know that you are a Yank, but that's where most ear queries come from), it is probable that your pup's ears will be erect a little earlier than a GSD's ears would, but your pet could have a Husky's weight of ear-fur and a poorly-bred GSD's thin ear "leather".

    • Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source… to your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as feeding, vaccinations, clubs, weights, teething, neutering, disorders.
    You can then read about when the teeth cionme through

    To ask questions about GSDs or Huskies, join some of the YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with that breed. Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos.
    Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly/
    "In GSDs" as of 1967

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