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    crooked ears?

    I have a little german shepard mix (i think). She's about 25lbs, and maybe 3.5-4 months old. She was a runt, and trippled in size from when i got her about 6 weeks ago.
    Her ears are huge compared to her head, but i think her head is small compared to her body. I think her body grew so fast that her head hasnt caught up yet, because it was ultra tiny when i got her.
    Now here's the issue... her ears flop over funny. They both fall to the same side of her head, so it looks like a bad comb-over. Ive heard issues with crooked ears due to calcium deficencies, but she gets good holistic food and i dont think it's that. Is it just because her ears are so big compared to her head? Just curious what you guys think before she goes to the vet for shots and checkup. This is a new development, they were straight about a week ago. she can move them like a normal dog, and they can stand up straight or flop over to the sides/back. This crooked ear thing is just their default position.
    Here's some pics, the first one shows how her ears sit.


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    Re: crooked ears?

    I don't know what it is but she is freakin adorable!
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    Re: crooked ears?

    I think her ears are probably fine. She's still VERY young and they may just be trying to stand up. No worries.
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    Re: crooked ears?

    Actually after what MoosMom said about it could be just because she is still very young...I do remember when my Rocky's ears were doing some funky things when he was younger. They aren't doing that much anymore. Just from my instincts I do not think anything is wrong with your dog.
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    Re: crooked ears?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecross1983 View Post
    I don't know what it is but she is freakin adorable!
    lol thanks. She's deffinately growing into a beautiful young lady. You should see this little strut/dance she does when she gets excited.
    It's hard not to smile when i look at either of my 2 mutts.

    Quote Originally Posted by ecross1983 View Post
    Actually after what MoosMom said about it could be just because she is still very young...I do remember when my Rocky's ears were doing some funky things when he was younger. They aren't doing that much anymore. Just from my instincts I do not think anything is wrong with your dog.
    Yea, i didnt think there was, but you know how it is... nervous father of a new-born. Just wanna be sure. The 2 dogs play pretty rough, i was kinda worried it might be an injury.
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    I don't really think it is an injury but when you take her to the vet, you can just ask.
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    Re: crooked ears?

    The way the ears are carried in the second picture is called "Rose ears" it's a common ear carriage.

    They may stand up or they may just stay Rose. Two of my dogs have Rose ears.

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    i have read that ears do funny things when a pup is teething. i will let you know what my pup's ears do... he is about 3 1/2 months old now and soon to be teething. he is also a gsd cross.

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    Re: crooked ears?

    I dont know anything about german sheperds but I was doing some reading on my dogs ears when we got her (she is a JRT with prick ears) and I read that dogs ears can do funny things when they are teething not sure if there is any truth to it or not as the internet seems to say yes and no.

    Quote Originally Posted by ioreks_mom View Post
    i have read that ears do funny things when a pup is teething. i will let you know what my pup's ears do... he is about 3 1/2 months old now and soon to be teething. he is also a gsd cross.

    your girlie is beautiful btw

    here is his picture


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    Re: crooked ears?

    Dogs ears do do funny things when they teeth. I've lived threw it and wondered what my boys ears would look like as an adult. His ears went from button to rose to half prick back to rose.

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    that is funny!! and with the same wording too "ears do funny things"
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    Re: crooked ears?

    They go through a stage where their ears are much too big for the rest of them. I wouldn't worry about them. What ever you do, don't add calcium. Too much can create hip problems.

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    Re: crooked ears?

    thanks alot, it was more or less just curiosity. It's so hard to not smile when she looks at me with those crooked ears when she does something wrong.
    I do see that she started teething, so that might be it. I guess she might be older than i thought... i figured she was under 4 months still.

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    Re: crooked ears?

    Welcome to the "crazy ears" stage. Mine and my moms APBT's are currently going through crazy ears as many pups do! You'll never know how the ears will stay when they're adults and it's always fun guessing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielwilcox View Post
    thanks alot, it was more or less just curiosity. It's so hard to not smile when she looks at me with those crooked ears when she does something wrong.
    I do see that she started teething, so that might be it. I guess she might be older than i thought... i figured she was under 4 months still.
    Most dogs start teething between 3-5 months. so she's right on schedual

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    Quote Originally Posted by ioreks_mom View Post
    i have read that ears do funny things when a pup is teething. i will let you know what my pup's ears do... he is about 3 1/2 months old now and soon to be teething. he is also a gsd cross.

    your girlie is beautiful btw

    here is his picture

    awww he's adorable. i really see some resemblance to my pup Mya. How big do you expect him to get, and how big is he now? I'm really curious as to how big she'll get. If she can get close to my other dog's size, that would be awesome. I think they'd have more fun playing, or at least they'd get more exercise.

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    Re: crooked ears?

    that is so funny! you and i have all the same questions/hopes i also want brom to get around the same size as my older dog and i am SO curious about how big he is going to get.

    right now brom is about 3 1/2 months and he is about 25 lbs, maybe a little more. i want him to get at least 50 lbs. i think he will make it. he is growing like a weed lately.

    your Mya is beautiful i LOVE brindle colour. it looks like both of your dogs are brindle. how lucky!
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    Re: crooked ears?

    I agree with what others say here, she's still young, they are still being goofy. You can give her some good bones to chew on, I've heard that could help with stregthening the muscles around the ears...or you can find somone to teach you how to tape them up...I think it looks silly, but I know a lot of german shepherd and great dane owners that tape the ears up to make sure they stay up...I wouldn't do it without guidance for the first time, though.
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    Re: crooked ears?

    Quote Originally Posted by ioreks_mom View Post
    that is so funny! you and i have all the same questions/hopes i also want brom to get around the same size as my older dog and i am SO curious about how big he is going to get.

    right now brom is about 3 1/2 months and he is about 25 lbs, maybe a little more. i want him to get at least 50 lbs. i think he will make it. he is growing like a weed lately.

    your Mya is beautiful i LOVE brindle colour. it looks like both of your dogs are brindle. how lucky!
    wow, yea, they're very close in age/size then. Do you know what he's mixed with?
    Mya is a little brindle, but max is REALLY brindle. He's a boxer/lab mix from what i'm told. Although they're really both unknown in age/breed because they both came from shelters. She's got a weird stripe on her back that is a different color and a different texture of fur. It's kinda new, so i dont know if it's temporary or if that's how she's gunna be. I'll post some better pictures of both of them later.

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Inuit_Luv View Post
    I agree with what others say here, she's still young, they are still being goofy. You can give her some good bones to chew on, I've heard that could help with stregthening the muscles around the ears...or you can find somone to teach you how to tape them up...I think it looks silly, but I know a lot of german shepherd and great dane owners that tape the ears up to make sure they stay up...I wouldn't do it without guidance for the first time, though.
    She chews ALOT on stuff (luckly all her stuff and not mine). I've never had a dog with ears that stood up, is there any benefit to that? I'm not too keen on taping them unless there's medical reasons why i should. She's cute however her ears look
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    Re: crooked ears?

    benefits to the ears staying up? they stay a lot cleaner and don't get as many ear infections, typically...however, if you take her swimming, make sure to clean her ears good...they also have drops to help dry out any water that might get in there.
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