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Question by breena
Submitted on 3/23/2004
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is there any way to keep my chihuahuas ears from standing up? i like them floppy. If so then how?

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 3/29/2004
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There's really no way to do this without causing harm and pain to the dog.  The ears are supposed to stand up.  A chihuahua may have one or both ears temporarily droop again when they lose their baby teeth, but usually the ear(s) recover on their own.

If you are determined to have a dog that has floppy ears, either pick another breed or talk to several reputable chihuahua breeders and ask if they ever have dogs with this problem.  You will likely have to adopt an adult dog to make sure the ears stay floppy. But, I need to warn you that it is considered a serious genetic flaw so a line that shows this is not usually bred, keeping the trait out of the gene pool.


Answer by Kim
Submitted on 4/16/2004
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u r cruel for not likeing ur dog the way he is


Answer by Sunny
Submitted on 5/31/2004
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Ur lucky to have a dog!  Be happy with what u have


Answer by bambii
Submitted on 11/27/2004
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I had a friend at my husbands work whom also like her chihuahaus ears to be floppy. she told me that she taped down the ears and put little hats on their heads to hold down the ears as well as aways bending them with her hands when she played with her pups she said it took awhile but in time it did work. i on the other hand would like my 9 month old chocolate to have his ears up and don't know how to get this acomplished with out going to the vet. often neither of his ears stand and then sometimes one and then some times the other but so little of the time does both of them stand at the same time. good luck on geting them to lay down. when and if you do please e-mail me.theark_75@juno.com


Answer by bohner
Submitted on 12/7/2004
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if you play with, stroking your puppy's ears alot, they will probably not stand up.  it breaks down the cartilage.  done gently, it doesn't cause pain.  i did it to my chi unintentionally.


Answer by spazii
Submitted on 12/27/2004
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yes you can get them to lay down. it will take alot of time. you can also do it without hurting or causing harm. when you pet your dog always hold down the ears for a couple of seconds and you can tape them down.


Answer by Vee
Submitted on 1/16/2005
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Need a little help. I have a 7 month old boy Chihuahua. I got him from a breeder who isn't very helpful in giving me tips. Anyway, I've noticed that his ears are floppy and want to know what to do to make them stand up. I really want to show him because I think he is beautiful. If there is nothing that can be done I'm fine with that too I love him just the way he is.


Answer by jadegirl
Submitted on 1/21/2005
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I have a gorgeous black chi girl who's ears never stood up.... shes already 10 months old


Answer by melissa
Submitted on 2/11/2005
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I can't believe you would ask that, if you don't love your dog for who they are than get a different breed.  That is so selfish of you to want to change your pet because of your own selfish likes and dislikes


Answer by charley-baby
Submitted on 10/29/2005
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chis are beautiful just the way they are, but, crossbreeding a chi w/a mini doxie, thus creating a chiweenie, will sometimes produce a floppy-eared dog. Someone gave me a chiweenie puppy, and she is just a joy!!!!
I love her goofy self to bits.


Answer by karebear
Submitted on 11/3/2005
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listen to Sunny you should be happy with what you have


Answer by Ric
Submitted on 11/29/2005
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I really want a chihuahua and i dont have one! Be happy with what you've got, why do you care if your chi has floppy ears or not?


Answer by Aimee
Submitted on 2/23/2006
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I have a shetland sheepdog (sheltie) and when I bought him his ears were floppy and now they are standing. I want his ears to be floppy again so I know where you are coming from. In this breed if they are floppy, the floppier the better


Answer by Chloe
Submitted on 5/2/2006
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I'm with you bud. I want her ears staying floppy. Its way cuter!


Answer by chels
Submitted on 6/6/2006
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for those who answered, telling the girl she was cruel and ungrateful...are you joking? The poor girl was simply WONDERING if there were any way to keep her chihuahua as cute as it is as a puppy. I can guarantee she doesn't want to maim or hurt her dog, and I'm guessing she doesn't want to buy another one JUST to have the floppy ears. and about her being cruel for not liking her dog the way it is....SHE DOES LIKE IT THE WAY IT IS YOU IDIOT...as a puppy. there is nothing wrong with thinking the way your dog looks as a puppy is cute, and wanting it to stay that way. nothing.

now to answer your question. my roommate and i both have chihuahuas. hers is an adult. when she bought the dog her breeder told her to massage her ears, keeping them folded, while they're floppy...which they actually seem to like it. just do this often. it worked for her dog, and maybe her breeder was full of crap and just told her to do that because she knew the dogs ears would be genetically floppy anyway, but it doesn't hurt the puppy and its worth a try. if it doesn't work, I'm guessing any decent dog owner would love their dog anyway. i know i would. :)


Answer by ashley tisdale
Submitted on 7/13/2006
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      u should be lucky u have a dog because i don't even have one and why did u get the dog if u knew that the ears were funny looking coming sense would have told u now i can understand if it was a gift but still u could have told what kind of dog u had wanted and u could have describe it or something i mean come on my little sister is only 5 and tells me what kind of dog she wants and she  describes she wants a white poodle scratch that pink poodle so put your head and mind into it okayy...!


Answer by jack
Submitted on 8/22/2006
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It's really no problem to get the ears to stay droopy permanently.  Every evening when the pup is about to sleep for the night, put vinegar on the ears.  This will cause the cartilage to soften and become more rubbery.  
You'll need to do it for a month or two - stop the treatment when the ears reach the droopiness that you prefer.
You can also do this with the dog's tail, if you don't like it standing up, and would prefer it to hang down.


Answer by PJJIBS
Submitted on 3/22/2007
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You are Very CRUEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Answer by abb
Submitted on 5/15/2007
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how do you get your dogs ears to stand up? I've heard that you can use tampons but how are you suppose to do it?


Answer by eric
Submitted on 6/20/2007
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You're a complete IDIOT!!!!! People like you shouldn't be allowed to have dogs! You're such an asshole that YOU need to use the doggie door 100 times a day!


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