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German Shepherd Dog > My 3 months old GSD's got floppy ears (24 replies)

by campbull on 10 September 2009 - 05:09

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Hi, I had a 3months old GSD I got it from a friend a week ago..He's so playful and intelligent..I kinda worry about his ears coz until now they're still not standing and floppy. one is set forward and the other is backwards...Is this normal? Need help from you experts of this wonderful breed..Your comments and suggestions are highly appreciated.

by Shtal on 10 September 2009 - 07:09

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One of my GSD female was floppy till ~4.5 months and now they finaly started getting up on the 5th month, her sister was early as 2 - 3 months.


From Shtal:)

by myfanwy on 10 September 2009 - 09:09

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Hi Campbull,
Most puppies will have floppy ears at that age, they will probably go up and down whilst the puppy is teething anything up to six months or more, give the puppy some bones or pigs ears to chew this will help and will also strengthen the puppies jaw and help to bring the ears up.

by Gwaltney on 10 September 2009 - 12:09

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This is very normal of GSD pups and all pups honestly. They are born with their ears down, they do a bunch of tricks similar to what you'd see a gymnist doing, then usually they stand for a while and when puppy starts to teeth they can start doing tricks or completely drop again. A small amount of vitamin C and E during this time can help with that but please speak with your vet before any supplementing. You aren't alone! A friend's Pharaoh Hound puppy did not get his ears until he was EIGHT months old. They were worried! Though he got a reserve once and the photo is quite funny (in retrospect!).

 

Good luck with your pup!

 

Gwalt


by campbull on 10 September 2009 - 14:09

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Yeah I thought so too...some of his siblings have erect ears that's why I got worried that it might turn out to be a deformity...But nontheless, we'll still accept him for what he is..
A friend also told me that  GSD pups who have late erection of ears are heavy boned..I don't know what's the rationale but is there any truth to that?


shtal, myfanwy, gwalt_  Tnx guys for sharing your views, insights and helpful tips...

by Elkoorr on 10 September 2009 - 18:09

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get him also exposed to lot of new environments with sounds. He will try to straighten his ears up when he hears something new

by VonWal on 11 September 2009 - 19:09

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Take pictures.  I think you'll get a good laugh at the ever-changing ears when you look back on the photos. 

by joeleb on 11 September 2009 - 19:09

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Pic Please ...

by Rania on 11 September 2009 - 21:09

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Hello Campbull,

My Sky didn't have his ears erect untill three weeks ago. he's is now18 weekks old.
First his ears were floppy, but they would errect when something gets his attention. Then one would lean inwards while the other still was floppy (it was hilarious; as if he was poitning to the right hand direction whith his ears :D).
Then both started to errect slightly but would lean towards each other when his resting. And that's the case till now.
But they getting firmer.
He chews a lot of bones and actually I feed him a bowl of soup (checken or meat soup) with every meal. He eats three times a day.
I know they get firmer by time. Be patient!

by GSD Justice on 12 September 2009 - 01:09

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Ok, let me be the Debbie Downer here.  GSD's with floppy ears at or beyond 3 months often have recessive traits.  A pure breed GSD with dominant traits will have erect ears as early as 8 weeks.  Floppy ears on a GSD at this age is like buying a Mustang or Camaro with a V6.  Yea, you got a name brand car it just has no muscle.

by Shtal on 12 September 2009 - 08:09

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A pure breed GSD with dominant traits will have erect ears as early as 8 weeks.

Not exactly correct? - Some GSD's with bigger ears may take longer to go up.



Here is some helpful information:

www.klgsd.com/German%20Shepherd%20First%20Two%20Years.htm

by shepherdpal on 12 September 2009 - 14:09

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what  great link Thanks Shtal

Benny's ears were both up great from 17- 18 weeks but them the left went down and now at 22 weeks is still down. He is a big boy, with big ears and teething. The breeder says they will come up as both his parents and all previous pups from them have gone up, but I am going to tape them anyway. He has been roughousing with our Pit Bull pup and this may have done some damage to tje ear, although they look fine

by Rania on 13 September 2009 - 00:09

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Many thanks for the link!

Actually Sky is rather arge in size like his sire
http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/gsd/pedigree/330550.html

so that might explain why his ears are taking time, in addition to teething ofcourse.

by GSD Justice on 13 September 2009 - 02:09

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OK, I am just telling you that you need to watch for health problems in a GSD that does not have erect ears early.  I have never had a GSD in 35 years with floppy ears at this age.  The ones I have seen with this issue often lacked drive, died early, and had many, many health problems.  Use all the IQ articles you want I am telling you from a practical perspective.  I have been around these dogs for a long time and love them dearly.  It does not mean they can't be a great pet just know what you have.

by Shtal on 13 September 2009 - 04:09

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I have never had a GSD in 35 years with floppy ears at this age

Are you talking about Show Line or Working Line GSD's.


by delsasmum on 13 September 2009 - 11:09

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Hi Campbell.My boy is 7 months old and his ears have only just decided to stay up,he had a terrible time teething,I know a GSD does not look as awsome as when his ears are up thats why i think we are always concerned when they are a little late standing up nice and strong especially if you show.My boy has big ears they look too big for his head at the moment,I think that may have been a factor but i know he will grow into them.I know its easy to say but be patient and good luck.Please keep us updated.
Regards shirley

by shepherdpal on 13 September 2009 - 14:09

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OK, I am just telling you that you need to watch for health problems in a GSD that does not have erect ears early. I have never had a GSD in 35 years with floppy ears at this age. The ones I have seen with this issue often lacked drive, died early, and had many, many health problems.


Now I am worried. Benny's right ear has been up since 12 weeks. They both did the teepee thing for awhile.  Then between 17- 18 weeks they were both
 up good like the avatar, but then the left flopped. He is a big boy and teething so i was not worried. His parents have great ears and so do all the pups from a previous litter.  He is 5 months today.  The ear is the least of my worries. I don't want him to be sick and die young. He is my best friend.
His Dad,  is imported form Berlin and his mom American.
 Here is his pedigree. There is no info on the mom here but I have it.  His grandparents omn both sides are  in the database.



http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/gsd/pedigree/610245.html


by elisabeth00117 on 13 September 2009 - 15:09

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Giving him bones and chew toys will help strengthen the muscles in his jaw, neck and ears as well.

Marrow bones are great for this and last a long time against those razor sharp puppy teeth.

I wouldn't start to worry at this age, it is very normal for a 3-4 month old puppy to have floppy ears, especially later on when they are teething.

by crhuerta on 13 September 2009 - 17:09

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OMG...
IT IS NORMAL for German Shepherd puppies of ALL bloodlines to have "floppy ears" during this stage in life.
The ear size, strength, teething, environment, temperment, blood line & pack "order" ALL play key elements in how & when your puppies ears will strengthen and remain erect.
Be careful that there are no "creases" in the ears, otherwise bloodflow does not circulate properly and it can cause the ear to remain weak, and possibly not stand correct.  In that case. I would suggest "forming" them, to prevent the crease from being permanent.
If puppies have erect ears at 8 weeks and remain erect.....GOD BLESS THEM!.....I've had only 50% of mine do that.
As for health reasons being affiliated with "floppy ears"...never heard of it....unless the puppy had an ear infection.
just my opinion,
Robin

by ForFoxyRoxy on 13 September 2009 - 20:09

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If both ears are not by 6 months old you should consider finding someone reputable who can help you tape the one that is not up.   If you can find someone to do it right , it is very effective.  Also, I you didn't mention if he plays hard regularly with other pups or dogs.  But, that can knock the ears down too. 


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