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.

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