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    This may sound like a weird question but what age do dogs ears stand up?
    I only ask because Roxy's are half and half some days and all floppy others. she is almost 5months and kind of looks a bit dorky. I have seen other puppies her age whos ears are already standing so does that mean hers will most likely stay like this?
    Here is a photo of her ears.



    Im not worried or anything just courious.

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    I really only know about GSD's, but to me they look like floppy ears, especially since he is 5 month old now. Cutie pie
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    At 5mths I would not exspect much more change now. Maybe the base will stand more but the tops I'd say will stay flopped over.
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    Thanks people.
    other days her ears are like this.


    she is defently a master of the cute face lol

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    We have a different breed, but I am gathering it may vary between breeds. But our Red Heelers ears stood up around 4 months. But they did one at a time... it was very cute when one ear was up and the other down
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    I know some people tape up their dogs ears with strapping tape and toilet roll cardboard, and this is done around 3 months of age, for a few weeks. You can imagine how well this would go with a puppy. I think 5 months is probably too old to do this, though every now and again I look at my dog's ears (which look the same as Roxy's), and wonder if I could get them to stick up straight all the time.

    Someone I know said their cattle dog x's ears stood up at 6 months but I think it was probably earlier and they didn't really remember.

    So my guess, is the ears you have now, are the forever ears. They're good ears, "semi erect", less prone to infections and grass seeds, but also less prone to catching bugs and dust. Ie best of both worlds. Even if I do prefer the look of pointy ears. My dog's ears are pointy when she's running fast, or upside down...

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    I've done a bit of research into it and apparently a dogs ears can change up until full maturity 2-3years. However, generally by around the 9 month mark whatever you have is what you'll end up with.
    During teething ears can go up and down. Sometimes an ear that was standing will flop for teething and never come back up and sometimes after teething both ears will pop up nice and quick.
    I have a 13week old Malamute X who is going through some pretty full on teething, in fact i've never seen anything quite like it and his ear flopped after being upright.

    Here are a few pics of him
    At 9 weeks


    At 12 weeks

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    My pups ears didn't stay up permanently until 9 months and that was WITH taping.

    It depends on the dog and the individual line.

    You should watch a few GSD babies grow up, now their ears do some crazy things while they are coming up!

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    aww that puppy is so cute.

    This week she has one ear up and one floppy. she has taken to sleeping on the floppy one i have noticed and the one that stands up it on the same side that she hugs up to my rotti when we walk. I have found if i massage them at night they even out and the difference isnt so dramatic. plus its been good getting he use to haveing her face touched.

    now i am watching her change colour. she was black and white with brindle legs. now she has a brindle neck, shoulders and bottom. but its all good. she is still cute to me

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    If you want them to stand up don't touch them. Massaging will stop the cartilage from setting properly. Adding extra calcium to the diet can help as well, especially during teething as all the calcium they eat goes into making new teeth rather than helping cartilage set.
    If you want them both floppy then massage away!

    It's fun to see them change color as they grow, wonder how she will end up?!

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