How Can I Help My Yorkie's Ears to Stand Up?

I just got a Yorkie… and at first it was werid to see my dog have droopy ears… then I found out it was natural.

It's 6 months year old, and I was wondering HOW to help the ears stand. And… is 6 months too late?

Plus. where do i cut the hair, so the ears won't be too heavy?

Dogs ears often go up and down as they are teething and she would be at the age where she is teething. If that is the case there is nothing to worry about. If however, they haven't started to stand on there own at all by now they won't at 6 months old trying to tape them probable won't do much good as the cartridge will have already developed a crease.

Note: despite what some have said yorkies are not a cropped breed. Regardless of that he purpose of the actually surgical cropping is to shape the ears and lighten the ear leather. The tapping process afterwards is what makes them stand. This is done and an early age (general 12 wks or earlier)

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11 Responses to “How Can I Help My Yorkie's Ears to Stand Up?”

  1. ashley says:

    well its probably just genetics.
    i have two dogs.
    one of them has a tail thats curled and the others isnt.
    and most of the breed has a curled tail.
    but she still looks cute without a curled tail.
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  2. Mariah V says:

    yorkies r suppose 2 have floppy ears rnt they..
    and i think cutting there ears is horrible
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  3. RockyDude says:

    You don't really have to worry. It will go up naturally. I have a yorkie. Try to make them be alert. Thats how most dogs ears go up. Good luck!
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  4. decaelegant says:

    Well, the ears are just naturally droopy, then. If you really want to have her ears to stand up, then have the vet clip them. I personally wouldn't recommend this because it's really unnecessary.

    Yorkies then to have hair growing on the inside of their ears. You can trim them slowly yourself or get a groomer to do it safely.
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  5. The Pet Nanny says:

    getting dogs ears cropped is something to be done when they are very young… too old now

    cutting the dog, refer to a groomer or search it on the internet or the library to get pictures (big help)
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  6. coachcrtr says:

    You can sprinkle Knox gelatin powder in his food. When I worked for a vet and we would "cut ears" for dogs like boxers, doberman, etc., one recommend was to supplement with Knox gelatin powder in their food. There are also products available in pet catalogues for helping out with ear standing.
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  7. BMTHESPIAN says:

    Dogs ears often go up and down as they are teething and she would be at the age where she is teething. If that is the case there is nothing to worry about. If however, they haven't started to stand on there own at all by now they won't at 6 months old trying to tape them probable won't do much good as the cartridge will have already developed a crease.

    Note: despite what some have said yorkies are not a cropped breed. Regardless of that he purpose of the actually surgical cropping is to shape the ears and lighten the ear leather. The tapping process afterwards is what makes them stand. This is done and an early age (general 12 wks or earlier)
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  8. SchAkita says:

    give it time, some dogs do not carry their ears till later, some at 8-9 mos, it will happen……don't tape or try to make them stand you could hurt the ear cartilage…..just be patient
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  9. lil_tiffy3 says:

    whats wrong wit that??? probably genetics. if u want 2 no how 2 cut ur furry friends fur, go 2 a doggie salon! best of luck,
    Tiffy
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  10. Jen says:

    You can trim the top 1/4 ( about an inch) of the ear hair, which will help lighten the weight on the ear. You can try taping cardboard to both the inside and outside of the ear, but most dogs won't accept that. Ears do drop when teathing.

    Good luck!
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    I've owned several yorkies and trim their hair myself.

  11. Amy S says:

    Yorkies are NOT supposed to have droopy ears and they never have their ears cropped either.
    If your puppy is teething, that could be why the ears are still droopy. If not, you can tape the ears up (look online for this, it's relatively easy to do and doesn't hurt the puppy) in order to train them to stand upright.
    Also, the hair may be weighing the ears down. Shave (to the skin) the upper third of the ear in the front and the same amount in the back but in a V shape so it doesn't look so obvious.
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