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Are Doberman's born with floppy ears?

Hey guys, I'm a new Doberman owner and I'm a little confused about their ears. I've seen some Dobermans with floppy ears, and others with pointy ears that stand up. I'm not sure if the floppy-eared ones are born that way or if something happened to cause their ears to droop. Can anyone shed some light on this? I want to make sure I understand the breed properly so I can take good care of my Doberman. Thanks in advance for any insight you can offer!

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zfeeney

Hey there! I have owned Dobermans for years, so I can help answer your question. Doberman puppies are actually born with floppy ears. As they grow and mature, their ears will naturally start to stand up, usually around 4-6 months of age. However, sometimes a Doberman's ears don't stand up on their own and remain floppy. That's where ear cropping comes in. Ear cropping is a surgical procedure that many Doberman owners opt for to get that classic pointy ear look. It's done while the puppy is still young, usually between 7-12 weeks old. The procedure involves removing part of the ear flap and shaping what is left into a point. After the surgery, the owner must properly care for the ears during the healing process to ensure they stand up properly. Some owners choose not to crop their dog's ears because they believe it is unnecessary, others because it is illegal in their country. Either way, a Doberman's ears will not naturally stand up at birth, but over time they should straighten out on their own just fine.

griffin02

Hello everyone. I thought I'd jump in and share my experience with my Doberman's ears. My dog's ears were floppy for a while, and I was hesitant to crop them. But after a few months, they didn't seem to be standing up on their own, so I decided to go through with the ear cropping. The surgery itself wasn't too bad, but it was a process getting her ears to stand upright. The aftercare is also essential; it requires a lot of time and dedication. You have to clean and tape the ears daily to help them heal properly. I found it to be a bit of a challenge, but I'm happy with the results. In my opinion, Dobermans look great with both floppy and erect ears. So whichever you choose - it's going to look fantastic. Ultimately, every dog is unique, and it's essential to let their personality and character shine through, regardless of their ears' shape.

marjory.rolfson

Hey everyone! I wanted to jump in and share my Doberman ear experience. When I picked up my pup from the breeder, his ears were already standing upright at only seven weeks old. They have stayed up ever since, and I never had to worry about getting them cropped. Doberman's ears are unique because they develop at different rates, and it's not uncommon for them to end up either standing up or drooping. It was nice not having to worry about the ear-cropping procedure and aftercare, but everyone has their preference. If you're not sure, my advice would be to let your pup grow a bit and see what their ears do on their own. If they end up floppy and you still prefer that classic look, then cropping may be the way to go. Remember to consider your dog's personality and not just their appearance - that's what makes having a Doberman so incredible!

aschumm

Hi, I hope I can add some value to this discussion. I have a four-year-old Doberman and when I got him, his ears were "floppy." Since his ears were floppy, it was recommended that his ears be cropped if I wanted them to stand upright. So, I opted for this because I liked how the Doberman's ears look when they are standing up. It was a difficult surgery, and it took about 2 months for them to heal properly. I do not regret having it done, but you have to make sure you are up for everything it takes to get them up properly as they can be meticulous. That said, if you do not want to go through the process, it is ok to wait and see since sometimes after some months, Doberman's ears will stand up on their own as their muscles start to develop. Ultimately, it all depends on your preference, but know that your Doberman will look great with or without erect ears.

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