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Splash is doing wonderful .. I just have a quick and kind of random question about... his ears!

when I first got him they were both floppy, but now the left one flops to the front and the right one is flopped to the side. It looks kind of goofy. 

Will his ears keep changing like this? Or am I stuck with this asymmetrical dog forever haha? (Not that I care ). I know GSD puppies ears flop up and down and eventually ate straight up, but I assumed with a BC they’d stay the same since both his parents have floppy ears 

 

thanks!

Ps. Picks or for cute! You cant really tell his ears in them

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Very cool looking pup, striking eyes! My Peli's ears were first both floppy, then one up, one rather floppy until finally settling for both up somewhere between 6 to 10 months. I think it is rather unpredictable at this stage, but if I had to bet I'd bet I'd say he will end up with something symmetrical. Either way, cute pup.

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Yeah, they can go up, down and all around for at least 6 months. My last puppy took a little longer than that to decide how to wear his.

OTOH, I once had a pup whose ears went straight up the day after she was 7 weeks old and they never waivered one tiny little bit after that, though that's pretty unusual. I've even seen pups who ended up with drop or airplane ears try out the upright look for an hour or 2.

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Have fun watching them change. Some of my favorite puppy photos are of border collies whose ears kept changing. Floppy, airplane, tipped, airplane, one up one down, then finally pricked. It's hilarious to watch. Make sure you take photos. (As if I have to tell you that!)

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Ours keep changing too! For a while they both stuck up and formed a point together, like a mono-ear. Now he often has airplane ears unless being really alert and then he'll stick one straight up, different one each time. I think they change as his head grows. They often turn inside out too, sometimes one sometimes both.

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Mancer's ears were one up, one down until around 6 months, but now they are both straight up. I miss the one up, one down look. They were so cute! 

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It's one of the joys of border collie puppies you never know what ears you are going to get, my youngest dogs parents both had pointy ears, all his litter mates have pointy ears, my Fen has floppy ears. 

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My boy had both floppy ears till about 5 months, then one up and one down.

He’s now 11 months and we still have one up and one down for a lot of the time, otherwise they are floppy... but more so when he’s tired.. and it’s oh so cute!!!

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Crazy ears are one of the most fun parts of BC puppies! 

My oldest has airplane ears, since the day we brought her home. 

Logan's ears were straight up at 10 weeks, spent the next two months going up and down, then settled fully pricked. Her mom and dad both have floppy ears, but almost every puppy in the litter got prick ears! 

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I am stuck with an asymmetrical dog :D

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Lottie was fun to watch as her ears tried out different positions. I thought we were going to end up with one up and one down but then they both shot up and it looks like it’s going to stay that way. Beautiful puppy! He looks like fun!

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All about ears - i read somewhere that the position of the ears are all to do with the amount of calcium in the cartilage the pup absorbs.  The more calcium, the more sticky-up they are.  Also, the amount of human handling will affect them, the more they are fondled, the more the cartilage will 'give', and become softer.  Jack, at 6 months has ears like wind scanners awaiting a Mistral! But soft and held against the head when out walking, or indoors.  Mum was a Beardie so perhaps he'll take after her eventually. Dad was a 'racehorse' with the sticky-up variety.  Luck of the draw folks.

 

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I kind of wish my Bree would have asymmetrical ears; I LOVE when they have one up and one down. She has "helicopter" ears I suppose, and I admit I love her ears the way they are now despite initially wanting half prick or asymmetrical ears. 

 

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3 hours ago, dumbbird7 said:

...the amount of human handling will affect them, the more they are fondled, the more the cartilage will 'give', and become softer...

I think that's another of those old wives' tales.

Not sure about the calcium, but I believe that when it comes right down to it, it's a matter of genetics.

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Yes probably, I don't have views either way. I think my lad will have floppy ears, currently standing up like spinakers waiting for a Mistral.  But something different every day! Still a bit young perhaps. His mother was a Beardie with floppy lugs I think and as he has her brindle shading behind ears, shoulders and his increasingly meaty thighs.  Also her greenish eyes.  Dad built like a greyhound and all B&W.  What a mix.  Jack has  the Beardie Bounce for sure, 24/7.

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Molly is 4.5 years old.  Her usual ear set is 

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Whatever that is.  But she STILL sometimes pulls them to fully pricked and has one that occasionally flops down.   

 

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@dreizehn-

I may be castigated for this, but FWIW- had a sheltie pup years ago. Conformation wise, the breed standard likes the ears tipped a certain way. We were instructed to take a short length of popsicle stick and glue it to the hair side of the malpositioned ear ( just a washable type glue). Until the cartilage matured to assume the proper position... like I said, FWIW B)

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Our boy often has one up and one down, but he alternates. It's almost like he doesn't have enough strength to hold them both up at the same time. 

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On 12/18/2018 at 7:15 AM, Ranchhand said:

@dreizehn-

I may be castigated for this, but FWIW- had a sheltie pup years ago. Conformation wise, the breed standard likes the ears tipped a certain way. We were instructed to take a short length of popsicle stick and glue it to the hair side of the malpositioned ear ( just a washable type glue). Until the cartilage matured to assume the proper position... like I said, FWIW B)

Many people who breed border collies for conformation glue their pup's ears to "set" them in a particular position as well. 

Always makes me feel bad to see them with their ears glued. But then, I'm not too fond of the show dog environment or their quirks. ;) I'm definitely biased. 

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