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Can a dog break their ear?

October 2nd, 2006, 03:57 PM
:dog: Hi everyone. My name is stacey and I live in Italy with my husband. The vet is usally booked solid so I figured I would post here and see if anyone else knows the answer instead of dragging my dog down to wait a few hours.
I have been surfing the web and have found nothing to answer this either.

We just took a dog into our home. She's 8 months old and up to date on all of her shots and her vet visits. When we got her, she had two very pointy "butterfly ears". She plays hard all day and will slide into walls to fetch her toys or put her toy in her mouth and whip it around. Sometimes she smacks into things with her hard playing. She a breed of dog that is very hyper. I forget the name but she is small and its the same kind of dog that was on frasier. (If that helps any).

Well, as of about 2 weeks ago, I noticed one of her ears bends down. She will straighten it if she hears something but it doesn't stay up. She doesn't seem to be in any pain and she seems very happy. I touch ear ear to check for anything obvious but there's nothing. It just seems wierd because the other one still points straight up.

Should I be worried? Is this just one of her quirks?


October 2nd, 2006, 04:18 PM
Jack Russells don't normally have ears that stand up.. So yours is probably mixed with something else that has the ears up.

November 21st, 2006, 03:55 PM
I have had two breeds who have ears that are pricked and when they are tired they can flop over but usually everything ok if they can come up when alert,just seems to be a puppy thing

November 21st, 2006, 04:55 PM
no...the ear isn't a bone, hence it cannot "break"

November 21st, 2006, 05:07 PM
I agree with the others and you have nothing to worry about. I'm attaching a pic of a Jack Russell Terrier (the dog on Frasier :D ) but we would love to see a pic of your little girl and welcome to the forum. :dog:

November 21st, 2006, 05:07 PM
Ebie had the same issue when she was a puppy...her left ear used to always flop went away after a few months. Nothing to worry about.

Angies Man
November 21st, 2006, 05:47 PM
I agree with the others and you have nothing to worry about. I'm attaching a pic of a Jack Russell Terrier (the dog on Frasier :D ) but we would love to see a pic of your little girl and welcome to the forum. :dog:

BTW, I think I read that he passed on this fall. Cute character on Frasier!


November 22nd, 2006, 06:21 PM
I would not be tooworried, the ear is made of cartilage not bone, though sometimes if one ear shanges it can be a sign of an ear infection clean out the ear if it smells funky or very red inside a vet visit is inorder.

In a lot of breeds that normally have the standing ear the ears will flop down until the cartilage hardens and is strong enough to keep the ear standing usually between 9 to 12 months for example shepherds

The chinese crested has normally floppy ears and it is typical to leave as is in the fully coated powder puffs like in the case of my dogs mom

Winnie my pup is the hairless variety so his ears are taped while the cartilage is forming/hardening so that his ears will stand up

ears taped photo

and after photo when ears are now erect

Dobermans have naturally floppy ears that are often surgically cropped and taped when puppies to create the pointy ears

Greyhounds will come in a variety of ear types that form naturally though can be put in different position when excited or stressed, I have not seen this kind of natural diversity in other breeds on mature dogs

Sunny has the most common ear called the rose ear which folds back and down though when excited can half stand or fully stand up

Maya at rest has the prick ear which stands up but when nervous and stressed will lay back but not fold down into the rose

Some stand partly uright curving to the center of their head

Some have the jack russel type of ear that folds forward

And then there are variations in between

Rob n Cody
November 23rd, 2006, 09:39 AM
Cody's ears were both pointy when i got her, but through lots of pets and ear massages, her right hear now flops down. It still stands up when she's excited as well though. Vet told me that they can just become relaxed as they age, and get lots of attention (usually to one ear more than the other, depending on if you're right or left handed). Not sure if that's true, but she's never had a problem with it. They can't actually "break"