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Hi all, 

My little Lucy's ears have a propensity to pop up when running about and she doesn’t always shake her head to "reset" them, thus, resulting in the inner ears getting sunburnt and looking a little silly.

In South Africa, ear cropping is not allowed and illegal to perform, could anybody recommend an opposite solution to pinning her ears UP to somehow relax the ear to it doesn’t pop up and stay "half cropped"?

 

 

 

 

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As she gets older the cartilage should harden a little bit and stop them from flopping about as much. The more they "flip" like that, the softer the cartilage is likely to be in the end, so the more "floppy" her ears will be. Cropping is banned here as well, and my Dobe's ears flip like that a lot. You can tape natural ears, though I'm not sure how as ears have never been a problemfor me. I think there are threads discussing it ob the forum. 

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How old is she?  Gibb's ears do that, too.  He's 14 months.  My other two Dobes, also with natural ears, are older and don't do that.  Maybe they'll grow out of it.  None of the many natural eared Dobermans I've had in my life did that, either.  I don't know what the difference is with Gibbs.

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She is 5 months old and this has onl started in the last month or so.

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Thank you for your suggestions, much appreciated.

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Meechee does that also. He is just about 4 months. I just flip them back every time. His ears are very soft and floppy. I wonder if length has anything to do with it. Maybe as they get older and grow into their ears it won't be such a problem. Down or back they are as cute as they can be.

I don't see him shake his head too often to get them down.

A man said to me; He's not full Doberman is he... just because his ears are natural. I guess here in the states it's unusual to see them natural. The rest of the dog park people loved him with natural ears.

I have done a lot of reading about ears. When they are teething it seems the ones that were cropped have a harder time standing. I guess they are pretty floppy because cartilage is forming? So maybe once past the teething stage ears won't flop back so much.

How would you tape natural ears?

Meechee made me laugh last week he had one ear up and straight as an arrow. So huge glad he can't keep them that way looks much better flopped.