Will my german shepherd puppy continue to have floppy ears?

sabrunette: What are the chances my german shepherd puppy will continue to have floppy ears instead of them pointing up?
My german shepherd puppy is not full-blooded but very close, looks exactly like the standard to every detail other than the fact she has floppy ears. She is only 4 months & I am praying they stay down because I love it so. If she is to start holding them up, around what age would she do this?

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Answer by Voelven
If she's not purebred, then your guess is as good as mine. My first BSD had both her ears up at 8 weeks old. My current BSD had one ear up at 8 weeks old and the other went up at 10 weeks old.

For GSD the ears can flop down during teething (4-6 months old), but usually they will have been up here and then before that. If your dog never had her ears up, then it is less likely that they will ever stand.

Answer by misty

I have a GSD that is 9 months old and she's quite large considering that she is a female. She is purebred & both parents were on site when we got her. Half the litter's ears are up and half are not. Bella's ears will go up when she is at full alert and then she will let them drop back down. She will shake her head as if the volume is too loud. I would like to see her ears up all the time, but I do not believe she would allow us to glue her ears or put rollers or tampons in her ears to keep them up. When she is on alert, with the ears up and her hackles raise she is an impressive lady and no matter what, we love her and she knows her job in life is to protect and keep me safe!!!

Answer by mattle

I used to have a golden/shepherd mix. He had these gigantic satellite-dish ears. He could put them up or down at will. Normally, he'd leave them down, but when he heard a noise, he looked like part of the SETI project :) It was adorable.

I'm sure no matter what your pup's ears end up doing, you'll love her just the same.

Answer by lelee

Most dogs with point ears are some what floppy or soft as long as they are cutting teeth. If her mix had fold over ears it is possible but if you love her puppy ears take pictures. The may just perk up and stay about her about ten months to a year

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  1. Vicky says

    My dogs ears went up and down for weeks. If they havent began to raise by 6 months, its safe to say they wont.

  2. King Les The Lofty says

    Don't bet that any genuine GSD person would accept that your pet looks like what the GSD Standard describes - you probably think that the AKC's feeble invention defines a GSD, but it actually misses by a mile! Look at http://www.leabashiba.com/ to see some real GSDs plus some NAmerican Ski-Slope Dogs plus some Prick-Eared Bassets; I think there is even an AlsatiOn in there. But despite that it is hard to believe that they have the same ancestry, KCs accept them all for registration as "GSDs"....
    Read http://www.fci.be/uploaded_files/166A1991_en.doc to see the only valid Standard of the GSD.

    Whether her ears become erect depends firstly on how good or bad her parents' ear-genes are (but you didn't tell us what other breed or breeds are in her genetic make-up), and secondly on her health.
    A well-bred GSD's ears will erect any time from 4 weeks onwards, with early-erect ears usually softening as each permanent tooth breaks through the gum. The Photos => Ears album in the first group below shows you some of the positions puppy-ears adopt.
    Most GSDs erect permanently by or while 7 months old. The longest I've had to wait was 9 months.

    Note that my breed's real name translates as German Shepherd Dog - 3 words, so 3 capital letters. And GSD for short, not gs.

    • 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 rescue groups, feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, weights, teething, neutering, disorders, genetics.

    • To ask about GSDs, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with them. 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 in your messages.
    Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly/
    "In GSDs" as of 1967

  3. roffleralph says

    My friend had a dog that had her ears flopping down. That's why she called her Droopy. But about a week later, her ears started coming up. If it's a purebred, I guarentee that her/his ears would come up. If it's a mutt, then maybe not.

  4. Jilly says

    Around 6mths or so you will notice maybe one ear standing up and then after a while they both will stand up , they look very cute when only one ear is up

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