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Ears

Debbie

Good Dog
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baby

Puppy
Hi Zeuser,
Unless you plan on showing i really would not put Zeus through all the taping milarky:no2: He is 6 months old and really they should of been up by 20 weeks at the very latest:) They do look close however but as you can see from the picture below of our Pebbles(R.I.P.)We tried everything and in the end hated ourselves for constantly taping her ears up:(She was still the same dog ears up or down and we loved her all the more for being different and got umpteen comments about her cuteness with her ears down:sonn_u11:
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How long have you had Zeus by the way:D

Dray x

WOW! dray that is a beautiful Bull Terrier on the right, its so muscular and symmetrical. How old was he at the time of the photo? What was his exercise curriculum? :cool:
 

Hucklebutt

Banned Back Yard Breeder
floppy ears are no good, unless you want them that way but its not favorable in the breed standard. a floppy eared bull terrier cant be shown, should not be bred, and most people will assume a mix. there ears are up for a reason, to help keep the ears from getting ear infections.
 

Jim

Good Dog
I've seen a good few people as a last resort method for german shepherds. I don't recommend this as there are more ways to f**k it up than not. What they do is make a cardboard cut-out of the dogs ears and then glue them into the inside of the dogs ears.
 

mr.clueless

Good Dog
floppy ears are no good, unless you want them that way but its not favorable in the breed standard. a floppy eared bull terrier cant be shown, should not be bred, and most people will assume a mix. there ears are up for a reason, to help keep the ears from getting ear infections.


not strictly true.....an upright ear exposes the inner ear far more than a " rose " or " flat " ear......therefore leaving it more open to foreign objects or infection entering the inner ear.....

like most other parts of breed standards its done for human visual preference nothing more nothing less.....though i must admit a bull terrier without prick ears does look somewhat odd :D
 

Hucklebutt

Banned Back Yard Breeder
yes but also, a flat ear traps dirt and moistore in, and holding it there, creating infection, and much harder for the owner to notice or see.
 

mr.clueless

Good Dog
me too....flat ears just dont look right its what we get used to seeing i guess.....
i still fail to see how a foreign object or infection is going to jump out of a prick ear though ;).......
 

Hucklebutt

Banned Back Yard Breeder
if the dog has an infection, a lot of times it is visible, because a lot are yeast infections, and are brown/reddish discharge which can catch your eye. duh. :butt:
 

mr.clueless

Good Dog
oh i see......well i guess bull terriers must have the cleanest ears around then

despite the fact that an ear thats open to the elements is far more likely to have a foreign object enter it in the first place to cause the infection :rolleyes:
 
I donot want Guinny's ears to flop whenever he sleeps i flip them up and sometimes when hes on my lap i use my fingers to prop them up sometimes it keeps them up for a few second until he moves:rolleyes:.
i think he will look so handsome with them up!
 

AmberABCg

Puppy
I've had several pups, including littermates where one's ears had to be taped a few days before shows until he was almost 2 1/2! (After he became a Champion, of course the ears ALWAYS stayed up!) :p I have only had to tape ears of three pups. And I quit listening to others who said "Don't tape them, he's just going to be a big boy." That didn't work for me (see reference of taping until he was over the age of two). I should have bought stock in a particular brand of molefoam and medical tape! :biggrin2:
I think floppy ears are cute on some breeds, and despite breed standards of having erect ears, part of what gives the bull terrier it's unique appearance is the ear (to me, anyway). I hope you don't mind my 'cut-and-paste' from another topic below.... :)

The temperature and humidity levels have much to do with keeping a pups ears erect. (Especially before 8 mos, when the last molars come in.) I had always given Tums (for calcium) and yogurt or cottage cheese, but I later found out that it doesn't medically do anything for the ears, but it's good for that time of their development. Calcium is a great dietary aid in helping with bone (ie teething), but what aids the ears is biotin and geletin. Of course, molefoam and tape have done the best job for helping to keep ears erect! lol While nothing will change bad ear placement, which is genetic, I haven't even seen a rescue dog who was born with such poor ear placement that the ears shouldn't have been able to stand erect had the dog had tape at a young age.

Amber
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AmberABCg

Puppy
Danielle, that's the 2 1/2 year old 'taper' named Tater in my avatar. :)

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He looks regal in the photo, but he's a sweet, silly goofball who lounges on the sofa!
I picked him out of the litter 'cuz he was 'lazy as a sack of taters', hence the name! LOL
 

Hucklebutt

Banned Back Yard Breeder
what do you mean 'taper'? you taped them when he wass younger, or you do from time to time for shows, pics ect?

hes a beauty.

my female scarlett had to have her ears taped for several weeks at a time, but they seem up for good. she had rather heavy ears, but she also came with many scars from battling with her brother, and i think it played a big part since most of the scars were on the ears.
 

AmberABCg

Puppy
He was the dog who's ears were weak from time to time until he was 2 1/2, so I referred to him as a 'taper'. His ears were never droopy after 18 weeks of age, but would sometimes appear weak and not have the firm, erect position while he moved. I taped them two days before each show before he earned his AKC championship. They have stood fully erect on their own for several years now, which makes showing him much easier. :)