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Q: how to keep puppy ears floppy ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: how to keep puppy ears floppy
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: paddington1234-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 28 Jun 2005 02:57 PDT
Expires: 02 Jul 2005 19:29 PDT
Question ID: 537740
My mini pinscher pup is 8 weeks old, and currently has floppy ears -
I've done some informal research and turns out that, left alone, his
ears could end up floppy or erect. I really would prefer them floppy.
Lots of info on the net about how to make them Erect but none about
having them remain Floppy. Any thoughts on how to make this happen
please? thanks a lot.

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 28 Jun 2005 03:15 PDT
Have they been cropped yet?

Clarification of Question by paddington1234-ga on 29 Jun 2005 23:04 PDT
nope, they haven't been cropped yet....

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 30 Jun 2005 00:00 PDT
For a certainty, don't get them cropped. They should stay floppy
naturally without cropping. Assuming the mini-pinschers are
proportionally the same as full size, the [full-size] breed standard
states that uncropped ears are floppy. It is more unusual to have
uncropped ears on mini-pins, mainly because they are not allowed in
the show ring with uncropped ears, whereas full-size pinschers are.

What you could do to encourage them to remain floppy is to take up
massaging your puppy's ears, keep them supple and bend them as you
rub/stretch them out.

I did find this page:

Welcome To Jagart's Miniature Pinschers
..."In the past the tail and ears were cropped to limit injury due to
the mice and rats, the tail and ears being very vascular. Now days the
ear and tail crop is only done for the vanity effect, the look. Ear
cropping is a very painful procedure for Miniature Pinschers, indeed
outlawed in England, Australia and other European Counties. In Finland
Miniature Pinschers are shown with the tail uncropped and ears
uncropped, naturally standing or floppy. In the Grass Valley area it
is difficult to find Veterinarian who will perform the ear cropping
procedure. In the United States Miniature Pinschers with floppy ears
are not permitted to show in the AKC conformation trials unless they
are cropped. Miniature Pinschers with naturally standing ears may be
shown, however I understand it is much harder to Champion them..."

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: how to keep puppy ears floppy
From: tbaka-ga on 28 Jun 2005 03:39 PDT
If you leave their ears alone then they will be floppy (as floppy as
nature will allow for the bread and genetics).  They get pointy by
having them cut thus if you leave them alone they should be floppy. I
have had a couple Dobermans not mini pinscher and their ears were not
cut and they were some what floppy.  I know that sometimes they will
stand up on there own but if they are going to do that well that is
just nature.
Subject: Re: how to keep puppy ears floppy
From: paddington1234-ga on 30 Jun 2005 19:03 PDT
Thanks a lot, Cynthia and Tbaka for your answers! I cross fingers and
will continue to massage!

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