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by jettasmom on 07 April 2020 - 20:04

Most do but some don’t. My boy took till he was 6mo but they were up more then your pup. I gave bully sticks raw marrow bones or cow hives to chew on. Some do need to be taped to help though. Only experienced people know how to do it it right.

by Key4 on 07 April 2020 - 20:04

Ok thank you for the information

by ThatWasClose on 07 April 2020 - 20:04

Normal? I dunno, though certainly not unheard of. Sometimes one needs to help the ears stand properly by taping them, & it most likely should have been started before now.

I would suggest getting some professional help regarding the ears. I know I would get professional help, as I personally have never had to deal with the issue.

Honestly, I cannot even tell you if it is too late to get the ears to properly stand. Others here will most certainly know.

by Key4 on 07 April 2020 - 20:04

Okay thank you

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by Western Rider on 07 April 2020 - 21:04

How old is he  in the picture and how old now

by Bevsb on 07 April 2020 - 21:04

One of my previous German Shepherds I got at age 18 months from a breeder. The dog was only available to me because one of his ears had not gone up despite the breeder's multiple attempts to tape it and she just wanted a good home for him. Shortly afterwards I called his name from across the room one evening and his floppy ear went up. After that we repeated this multiple times for fun and the surprising result was that eventually his ear went up permantly. Both ears were a little soft but upright. It might be worth a try.

by ThatWasClose on 07 April 2020 - 22:04

Bevsb, that is impressive, as I would have thought the cartilage would have already been too damaged by that age. Good to know & great suggestion. Love & attention can fix a lot in life.

by GSCat on 07 April 2020 - 22:04

I got the foam ear forms because I was so concerned about her ears not standing up, but between the time I ordered and received them, her ears started more reliably/firmly standing up... my GSD ears were a little "late" standing up, especially the one that got caught in her puppy crate (no more wire crates for me, ever). Late is subjective, as it seemed to be just right for her. She also took well over 3 1/2 years to act and look like an adult dog, and actually finish growing (taller and longer), and didn't really start filling out until over 4. None of this unheard of in Czech lines, especially females, although this really seemed to push the "slow maturing" characteristic to the far edge.


by Hundmutter on 08 April 2020 - 03:04

Sometimes it is the muscle development at the base of the ears which is slow to get enough strength to keep the ear(s) properly erect, rather than the state of the ear cartilige itself. Chewing certainly helps to develop this strength (as Jettasmom posted). I am not such a fan of ear taping, since over the years I have seen it done several times, by experienced breeders and owners, and it has failed as often as it has worked. But if you are going to try it, I echo the others here : get someone experienced to help you. [That will probably pay off in a lot of other info about the breed too.]

Is it 'normal' ? Well, yes since any trait can be said to be normal if it happens often enough ! There are A LOT of GSDs with one or both ears 'soft' in adulthood, sometimes the ear is less far down and less noticeable than in others - OK still a minority of the breed but it is certainly not uncommon.

Some otherwise lovely GS about whose only 'fault' is they have soft ears.

Certainly no reason to disbelieve at the moment that this is a GSD puppy; unless you have other worries than the ears ? ALL GSDs go through an 'ears down' development while still very young. The ears on your pup do look as though they may be on the heavier side and thus destined to stay down longer, but that is not to say at all that they will never come up.

General 'rule of thumb' is that if not erect by 10 months they probably are not going to get there ... but there have been many exceptions even to that expectation.

by hexe on 08 April 2020 - 06:04

Let me guess...the puppy came from "The Ultimate German Shepherds", right? If so, you'll have gotten away lightly if the only problem with your pup is that he's not a purebred GSD.

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