German Shepherd Ears: 12 Commonly Asked Questions + Answers

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A German Shepherd’s ears are one of the characteristics that makes this breed who they are and so distinctive.

So, it makes sense those looking to get a German Shepherd, or lucky owners, are going to have questions about German Shepherd ears.

NOTE: Always see an animal professional like a veterinarian before making decisions for yourself or your dog.

Here’s a list of 12 commonly asked questions and answers…

 

German Shepherd Ears: 12 Commonly Asked Questions + Answers

 

 

1) What Does It Mean When A German Shepherd’s Ears Are Back?

You can tell a lot about how a dog is feeling by interpreting body language.

Specifically with the ears, here is what the various ear positions can mean:

  • Natural position – relaxed and comfortable.
  • Slightly raised/pricked up – can mean the dog is alert, or aggressive. If the dog is loose and relaxed, he/she is probably just focussing, but if the muscles are tight and he/she begins snarling or growling, that is a good sign of aggression.
  • Slightly pulled back – intrigued or friendly
  • Flatten the ears, or stick them out – frightened or scared.

 

2) At What Age Do A German Shepherd’s Ears Stand Up?

You can read more in German Shepherd Ears Not Standing Up: 9 Reasons Why.

When a German Shepherd puppy is born, their ears will be very small and pressed flat against their head.

Some owners have experienced the ears going up as early as 4 weeks old, but it can realistically happen anytime during teething – which is the first 5-7 months.

The ears can also go up, come down, and go up again during teething.

 

3) What Makes A German Shepherd’s Ears Stand Up?

You can read about what makes a German Shepherd’s ears stand up in German Shepherd Ears Are Floppy: 13 Fixes & Solutions.

The main factor that determines if a German Shepherd’s ears go up is genes and DNA passed on from the parents.

But, there are other methods some people choose to try to make the ears stand with the approval of their vet such as taping, ear forms etc.

 

4) What Shape Are A German Shepherd’s Ears

German Shepherd’s ears by default should stand straight up.

Defective genes, breeding across the lines, or mixed breeding can cause different shaped ears which might mean floppy ears.

 

5) What To Use To Clean German Shepherd’s Ears

Read more in German Shepherd Ear Cleaning: A Simple 5 Step How-To Guide.

You want to use:

  • A helper to hold your German Shepherd’s head still and calm them
  • Vet approved ear cleaner. You can view dog ear cleaners on Amazon
  • Cotton balls or swabs (don’t use Q tips – only vets should use them)
  • Gloves
  • A small towel

 

6) When To Tape or Glue A German Shepherd’s Ears

It’s best to be patient in the first 4-5 months of a German Shepherd’s life while they are teething and developing ear cartilage naturally.

If after this time the ears aren’t standing, you may want to see a vet to assess your options, which may include taping.

 

7) Why Are My German Shepherd’s Ears Floppy

You can read more in German Shepherd Ears Not Standing Up: 9 Reasons Why.

 

8) How To Clean German Shepherd’s Ears

Read more in German Shepherd Ear Cleaning: A Simple 5 Step How-To Guide.

 

9) How To Tape German Shepherd’s Ears

You can watch a video on how to tape a German Shepherd’s ears in German Shepherd Ears Are Floppy: 13 Fixes & Solutions.

 

10) How To Glue German Shepherd’s Ears

Gluing a German Shepherd’s ears is usually carried out with Ear Forms or Moleskin Padding, and a special skin glue is used to you don’t harm your German Shepherd.

You can read more in German Shepherd Ears Are Floppy: 13 Fixes & Solutions.

 

11) Can You Touch A German Shepherd’s Ears?

You can touch a German Shepherd’s ears for general patting and when performing tasks like cleaning.

It is wise not to pull on the ears, and to watch that other dogs and young children don’t damage the ears – especially when they are developing as a puppy.

 

12) Do You Crop or Dock a German Shepherds Ears?

This is completely up to each owner, but most people see it as extremely cruel and unnecessary.

There is no reason to crop or dock a dog’s ears other than for aesthetic purposes.

There is a reason ear and tail cropping is illegal is Australia and the U.K.!

 

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