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.