When do German Shepherds ears stand up?

 

Perhaps the most common question asked about German Shepherds. When do German Shepherds ears stand up? Well, it can definitely vary with each German Shepherd, so you really don’t need to worry about whether your Shepherds ears have stood up yet.

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One thing to remember is that if your German Shepherd is not a pure bred, aka if they are a mongrel or mixed breed, your German Shepherds ears might not stand up. Ever. And this is totally normal, so don’t be concerned if your Shepherds ears don’t stand up. This is a common concern for people who adopt their dog from a shelter and are unaware of their origins. It’s a great way of telling if your dog is a mixed breed, as the German Shepherd genes will often overpower any mixture that has been created.

So, back to the question; at what age would a German Shepherds ear usually stand up?

Generally, between, 14 weeks and 20 weeks old is a good bet.

Don’t be concerned if not, as it can take up to six months for your Shepherds ears to stand up under different circumstances. This isn’t too common for it to be over six months, but we have seen it happen in more than one occasion.

Of course, it can happen a lot earlier than that too. For example, this German Shepherds ears are starting to stand up at only 11 weeks old, and they probably would have been fully up well before she reached 14 weeks of age;

Honestly, we do not think this is a good idea and the majority of German Shepherd owners will not like the idea of not letting a dogs ears stand up naturally. If you are thinking of just doing this for the aesthetic look, then you really need to reconsider your options as this isn;t usually a viable option for a dog unless it is in pain or discomfort. We do not condone or encourage this kind of behaviour.

When do German Shepherds stop growing?

One of the more common questions asked online is when do German Shepherds stop growing? This is mainly from Shepherd owners who have had their dog since a puppy, and now at 6 or 7 months they’re realizing just how big they can grow!

Many people think that the normal age that a German Shepherd will stop growing is at the end of it’s first year. This is pretty standard with most dogs, see the growth chart below;

 

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Courtesy of Total German Shepherd.

Although this is what would be considered regular, we have to say from experience that we don’t believe this to be fully correct. When we got our first German Shepherd, we didn’t really consider her an ‘adult’ until she reached 2 years of age, and even then she was still as playful as she was as a puppy. In terms of growth, there was definitely a significant different between her at 1 year of age and at 2 years of age.

Of course, for any German Shepherd owner the experience will be different, but German Shepherds to tend to grow extremely quickly throughout the end of the first year as the chart above has stated. Don’t be overwhelmed by the growth of your Shepherd between the ages of 6 months and a year; it’s totally normal!

This super cool video documents the size growth of a German Shepherd from 5 weeks all the way through to the end of the second year, which is when the owner really saw her growth stopping. Shepherds will generally grow to around 80lbs in weight, so if you think that this might be an issue for your, there are plenty of other dog breeds out there looking for a home!

My German Shepherd is bigger than this..

Well, don’t worry, this is totally normal. We’ve seen Shepherds as big as 100+lbs and they’ve all been totally well and healthy, so don’t be concerned if your buddy is growing at a higher rate than what you’ve expected!

Are German Shepherds good with kids?

A common question asked about German Shepherds is regarding their temperament; are German Shepherds good with kids?

Due to their size, many people assume that it’s not safe to have their children around a German Shepherds the majority of the time. They do grow to be pretty big dogs, so many people opt for smaller toy dogs and terriers in assumption that this would be a safer option for their children.

We have to say, that these people are wrong.

German Shepherds were originally bred to be extremely obedient, and this is in their nature. German Shepherds as a rule are one of the most obedient dogs on the planet. They thrive on the ability to love and protect the members of their family; their master and most certainly young children, whom they feel a great deal of protective nature over.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule due to the way certain Shepherds are treated throughout their upbringing. As one of the more popular dogs throughout Europe, unfortunately this means that there are a good number of Shepherds that don’t get the love and nurturing that is necessary for their wellbeing. Though if you’ve had your German Shepherd from birth, the likelihood is that they would never do anything to bring harm to you or your little ones.

Here’s three tips to ensure your German Shepherd is nurtured correctly;

Establish dominance

A German Shepherd is looking to be part of your ‘pack’, and wants you to lead the pack in a firm way. The animal instinct of the German Shepherd needs you to maintain dominance and spend time training them how to behave. No, please don’t take this as being overly firm with your Shepherd as it’s entirely unnecessary for you to physically touch your German Shepherd to establish dominance.

Make them a family member as a puppy

Although not entirely necessary, it is far easier to integrate a German Shepherd into your family as a puppy. Through this, they will learn to be around your children and grow an attachment to them.

Walk them.. Often!

The majority of dogs will need walking, but a German Shepherd is one of the most active dogs that you’ll find. Keep them properly exercised and you’ll help release and tension or frustration that they have, creating a happier dog.

Where do Jewish worship?

Israel has a very rich history and culture, making it among the most popular holiday locations globally. Also recognized as the “Holy Land,” it’s where Christianity–the world’s biggest religion, representing a 3rd of the world’s population–was born and established. This is why many complete Jewish heritage tours include journeys to numerous synagogues in Israel, typically in Safed and Wadi Qelt. Where do jewish worship? Well, the answer is simple; the synagogue.

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Apparently, the population of Jews in Kerala has decreased rapidly after the foundation of the Jewish State of Israel, the Jewish inhabitants moved out of India to settle there. Currently, the Jewish citizens form a minority section in the state of Kerala with a count of 17.
Earlier, it is believed that only 7 Synagogues entered Cochin, the Jew Town, although now known as the Jewish Synagogue or “Pardesi” is the only surviving Synagogue functioning till date. It depicts a recollection of the colonial times and is of immense historical value to Cochin’s history. This synagogue was built in the 5th or 6th century and it is one of the most former ones around the world.


It’s interesting to see that located in the center of Kerala, where a thriving Jewish community still resides. The Synagogue was raised by these Jewish inhabitants. Thus, this place is worshiped them and it was otherwise called as Pardesi Synagogue by the locals, which means a synagogue belonging to foreigners or outsiders. Pardesi means Foreigner in Hindi language. The synagogue still shelters the Old Testament and the ancient copper plates that are registered as the grants of opportunity left by the rulers of Kochi.
Unfortunately, the synagogue was partly ruined in the 1662 AD wars, however was afterward reconstructed by the Dutch. The clock tower from the 18th century is standing tall within the premises and the exquisite hand printed blue Chinese tiles offer a notable sight. This famous synagogue also houses several finely wrought silver and gold crowns presented by the respective patrons of the nation. This place is a unique blend of religion and architecture and hence, many people are interested in visiting this pilgrimage.
The Jewish Synagogue stays open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 3 pm to 5pm daily and stays closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays. This place has become a significant place of worship for Jews across the world. The visitors or devotees are expected to come in the Jewish Synagogue shoeless. There is a strict dress code being followed full shirts and diligently – trousers for men and women have to wear skirts that are long covering the knee. Video cameras are not allowed.

How to reach

It is located in a small town by the name Mattancherry and hence, is also known as Mattancherry Synagogue. This town is at a distance of around 10 km from Emakulam. There are regular bus and boat services from here to reach Mattancherry. There are regular train services that connect Ernakulam with different parts of the state.
The nearest airport is the Cochin airport. There are various tour operators in South India, which provide packages and give information regarding places to stay. Tourists can arrange e-tickets from home by visiting the sites of tour organizers. If you are not able to register online, then you can contact any good car rental company in Bangalore to get complete package for this destination.

Do Jewish believe in heaven?

The afterlife is seldom discussed in Jewish religious texts such as the Torah and the Talmud. This naturally amounts to an inquiry into another aspect; do Jewish people believe in heaven?

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There is no definitive answer to that question.

The basic facts on Judaism- Jewish faith- revolve around one God that has
established a covenant with His people. A written code of conducts prescribes an ideal lifestyle that pretty much covers relations of main with fellow man and man with God.

Based on this there is a difference between moral and immoral, right and wrong, good and evil. Those that live a righteous life will be rewarded while the sinful will earn their judgment.

Followers adhere to the ideal way of life and look forward to a period of
universal peace and prosperity. This period has been described in prophets’
visions. However, there is much speculation and discussion as to the concept
and existence of heaven. After all it is supposed to be God’s refuge.

Jewish faith relies heavily on religious texts. The application of the many
tenets prescribed therein defines daily life and aspiration towards the
Messianic Age. The concept of heaven or hell has remained a deeply shrouded
mystery for adherents of Jewish faith.

The oldest monotheistic religion teaches One God that is just and righteous.
The concept of good and evil as two opposing sides will ultimately lead to the
idea of consequences for one’s actions.


Good deeds are to be rewarded and exemplified while evil acts are to be paid in full with unbridled punishment and discouraged. Rabbinical scholars ascertain this but there is very little guideline as to a specific place or heaven that the righteous are supposed to reside in.

In order to understand the concept of heaven there needs to be a vivid
description of its defining elements bit by bit. Religious texts have little
material on this subject leaving much explanation to folklore.

Folklore itself barely fills the gap but it is the only explanation that has
been passed on from one generation to the next. Perhaps the absence of a real proof is simply a way to guide more earnest efforts to seek out the truth.

Heaven as a concept has been used by many religious institutions as an
evangelizing tool to win converts. Jewish faith accepts new converts but does
not hold an active mission that is intended to bring in more converts. This
defining aspect holds some evidence as to why the religious texts seem to steer clear of this issue.

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Evangelizing missions hold a special allure to the audience- faithful converts
are to be supposedly rewarded in heaven. The vile wrongdoers are to be punished in hell.

The fact of the matter is that there is no outright consensus as to whether
there is a heaven. That alone leaves plenty of room for people to make logical
conclusions based on other religious tenets.

The concept of an afterlife remains a heavily shrouded affair when it comes to
Judaism. Its mystery is best left to the all- Knowing Creator.