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Old 09-05-2006, 09:42 AM   #1
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We have a Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy. She's a little over 3 months old. A week or so ago, her right ear started sticking straight up, and her left ear just hangs there. They are like that ALL the time now, whether she's sleeping, playing, running, etc. Her ears used to be normal (see pick at left). Does anyone know if this is something that is caused by her growing, and it will go away as she keeps growing or are they going to stay like that forever?

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Old 09-05-2006, 10:10 AM   #2
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They will probably stay that way. There are things you can do to train them down, like gluing the tips to the cheek (fabric glue), but I don't know if you'd want to do that. It is humane, but it's something that's done for looks only of course.

We once had a Bouvier with uncropped ears, and somehow she managed to hold them up all the time. They were so long they'd actually cross over each other. Looked pretty funny.

In some breeds, the ear cartilage is physically broken by a vet so that they stay down permanently. This would be done very early. It's common in Fox Terriers, but ours happened to be born with beautiful naturally bent ears which is apparently somewhat rare.

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Old 09-05-2006, 10:52 AM   #3
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I can't say for sure I'm afraid whether her ears will stay that way but the thought of sticking them down with glue horrifies me! If that's the way her ears are naturally it would be horribly uncomfortable.

I personally think it sounds absolutely gorgeous for her ears to be like that but I would imagine that as she grows it could well go floppy again. It's probably just because they grow too quickly for their own skin!

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I Agree With Meg. I Think That Maybe Over Time, They Could Go Back. The Point Is That You Need To Be Sure That You Can Deal With It If They Don't. It Isn't Going To Hurt Her To Leave Her Ears That Way. I Wouldn't Worry About It Myself, But If You Want Her To Have Normal Looking Ears, You Should Talk To A Professional, At The Vet, And See What They Say.
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:52 AM   #5
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She's probably teething. Ears can be a problem in rough collies and shelties too. if you're not intending to show then i'd leave well alone. However , if we do have ear problems , we spread a greasy solution on the underside of the tip of the ear and then put fine sand on it. Kaolin or cuticure oinment something like that.
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Thank you all. No, we won't glue her ear down. I don't like that idea either. If that's the way they're going to stay, then that's fine. She's still cute as a button (no, I'm not prejudiced at all ), but it really does look funny. I was just wondering if maybe someone had seen this sort of thing before, so I would know what to expect. I don't think it warrants a trip to the vet just for that. She has to go to the vet at the first of November, so I'll ask the vet about it then.

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See it all the time with working border collies. one up one down BTW its not a medical thing.
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I Would Leave The Ears Alone They Will Take Care Of Themselves, Dogs Teeth And Alot Of Blood Flow Leaves The Ears And Goes To The Mouth To Put The Permanent Teeth In. Do Not Worry About Them Honey......:d
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in my breed we have to worry about it. (thats if you choose to show) if not controlled when this age , the ear will stay pricked (upright) and is a fault for showing.
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You're not wrong tho Joshann, even if if you are prejudiced too, she is absolutely gorgeous

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