Most breeders and veterinarians will tell you that floppy ears are common while your German Shepherd is teething, which usually ends between 16 and 20 weeks. By then, the cartilage in the ear has become hard and strong enough for the ear to stand permanently.
Why do German Shepherds have big ears?
- German shepherds have large, erect ears, which are advantageous for more than just keener hearing: Because they’re erect, they get more air circulation than floppy-eared dogs do; their ear canals stay relatively dryer, therefore, making them less prone to infection.
- 1 Is it bad if German Shepherd ears don’t stand up?
- 2 What does it mean when a German shepherd’s ears go down?
- 3 At what age should German Shepherd ears stand up?
- 4 How do I know if my German Shepherd is happy?
- 5 At what age do German Shepherds calm down?
- 6 How do I fix my German shepherds floppy ears?
- 7 Why is my dog’s ear suddenly floppy?
- 8 Are floppy ears bad for dogs?
- 9 Is it bad to touch a German Shepherd puppies ears?
- 10 What is Sable GSD?
- 11 How long does it take for a German Shepherd to be fully grown?
Is it bad if German Shepherd ears don’t stand up?
It’s totally fine if your GSD’s ears don’t stand up around this time! In fact, some puppy’s ears flop over for up to 8 or 9 months. A German Shepherd puppy with floppy ears at 9 months isn’t anything to alarm yourself over. Those ears not standing is considered cute and adorable by most owners.
What does it mean when a German shepherd’s ears go down?
Putting their ears back is a normal reaction for German Shepherds and dogs generally in certain situations. When your dog is excited, scared, being submissive, awaiting a head rub, or trying to protect their ears, it is a natural reaction for them to pin their ears down.
At what age should German Shepherd ears stand up?
This is an unfortunate fact of life. German Shepherd puppy ears can come up between 8 weeks and 6 months. If they are not up when the dog is through teething (this varies from dog to dog but in general between 16 weeks and 20 weeks of age) I tell my puppy customers to get very interested in their ears.
How do I know if my German Shepherd is happy?
Here are some of the most common German Shepherd signs of affection:
- 1) They can’t help but kiss or lick you.
- 2) They like staying close to you.
- 3) They often snuggle or cuddle.
- 4) They lean on you.
- 5) They allow you to hug them.
- 6) They ask for rubs.
- 7) They’re always happy to see you.
- 8) They keep wanting to play.
At what age do German Shepherds calm down?
So when do German Shepherds calm down? German Shepherd calm may not be the type of calm you are thinking. They will calm down somewhere between the age of 5-7 but may never be a full couch potato.
How do I fix my German shepherds floppy ears?
The other way to train a German Shepherd’s ears to stay up is to use tape. Wrap each ear around foam or something similar and then tape them into a tight roll, in a vertical position. Now take a popsicle stick or something similar and use tape to attach it to both ears horizontally.
Why is my dog’s ear suddenly floppy?
They may have a flabby or misshapen ear due to malnutrition, fighting, illness, fungal ear infections, parasites, or other causes. Some of the more common causes include: Bite wounds: when dogs fight or play, it is not uncommon for their ears to be injured, as they are vulnerable and accessible areas.
Are floppy ears bad for dogs?
“In the case of domesticated animals, most of them would not survive very well in the wild if they were released, but in captivity they do perfectly well and while the traits of the “domestication syndrome” are technically defects, they do not seem to harm them.
Is it bad to touch a German Shepherd puppies ears?
Protect Your German Shepherd Puppies Ears from Trauma A good rule of thumb is to keep any hands off your pup’s ears. That means no bending, rubbing, or folding. I know it’s not easy to leave those cute, soft ears alone, but it’s best for healthy, perky ears not to play with them.
What is Sable GSD?
The Sable German Shepherd is, technically, just a color variant of the regular German Shepherd. Most conformation show breeders and pet breeders focus on producing red or tan dogs with a black saddle and muzzle. The sable German Shepherd genetically comes from working line dogs.
How long does it take for a German Shepherd to be fully grown?
Like many large breeds, a German Shepherd dog is not considered fully grown until they are about 18 months old. Female German Shepherds continue to fill out until they are around two years old, while the male German Shepherd growth rate continues until they reach two and a half years of age.