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Will my dog's ears pop up? **edited w/ more pics**

Here are some pics of my 12 week old puppy. The shelter said he's a lab/shepherd mix. Right now his ears are floppy. But I've seen pictures of shepherds (i.e. German Shepherds) with ears that are erect. However, the pictures of German Shepherd puppies showed that their ears were floppy when they were young, but then popped up as they grew older.

Will his ears stay floppy or will they pop up as he grows?





Wow, you guys are SO nice!! Here are a couple more pics...



 

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I think they will stay down as well. It is hard to say for sure but he does have Lab looking ears. Soooooo cute. :)
 

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Also am going to agree that they will stay down. German shepherd puppy ears look different, not as broad and rounded as a lab's. You have an adorable puppy, though! I love his coloring.
 

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how old is the puppy? the general rule of thumb is, If they are not standing even momentarily by 5 months old, they never will.

Also he is not a labrador/ german shepherd mix because he has tan points and tan points are a reccessive trait which means both parents had to pass the gene on.
 

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Also he is not a labrador/ german shepherd mix because he has tan points and tan points are a reccessive trait which means both parents had to pass the gene on.
If he's not lab/shepherd what kind of dog do you think he is?

I was somewhat skeptical when the shelter told us he was lab/shepherd. Looks to me like he has some dobie or rott in him. But I dunno...
 

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he could be Lab/Dobe X German Shepherd that is a good possability. he also has the large houdish ears like a dobe
 

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She looks like a Doberman or Rottweiler mix, not at all like a Shepherd, so probably not. Floppy ears are cute!
 

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I see Dobie or Rottie, with a little lab thrown in (maybe). Whatever he is, I too think his ears will stay down. He is so very cute at any rate! Love black and tan dogs...wonder why ;)
 

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Some dogs actually look rather awkward, example my min-schnauzers both have cropped ears and my friend two dogs MS, both there ears are natural, and they when they stand up they look like a cross between rabbit and dog:D I feel your dog will look better if the ears stay down. Not that I could not love a rabbit dog:)
 

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That second pic REALLY looks dobie. Enough so that I'd be calling him a Rotti/Dobie mix. He's too cute for words!

And down. :)
 

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Also he is not a labrador/ german shepherd mix because he has tan points and tan points are a reccessive trait which means both parents had to pass the gene on.
Mismarked Labs can be black and tan. It's not that difficult for a recessive trait to hide in generations of dogs ad then suddenly crop up unepectedly. If it were a dominant trait then that would be unlikely, but not impossible. There's whole websites devoted to mismarked labs, just google it; there's some really neat unexpected colors that can come up certain breeds.
 
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