|Barked: Sun Dec 16, '12 1:18pm PST |
|Like others said, having hound type ears doesn't necessarily mean the dog will suffer from ear infections. That said, if you prefer the look of upright ears there's nothing wrong with taping- it doesn't harm the dog, and if you do it right it won't bother them either.
As for whether or not the ears stand, taping can help ears that were probably going to stand anyway and need a little extra help- but if genetics are set for hound ears, taping likely won't do any good. That said, you still have several months to go before you need to decide whether to tape the ears or not- ears do crazy things during teething! I've heard giving chews to work the jaws, cottage cheese for extra calcium, and supplementing food with knox plain gelatin during the teething phase are all supposed to support ear cartilage structure and growth during the teething period.
With my two littermates, one had prick ears by 12 weeks and they never tipped even in teething. The other had tipped ears until teething, and during that time they would alternate between one up-one down on either side, both up, and both down. I gave chews and cottage cheese and gelatin to him, but never taped them- and he ended up with one prick ear and one flopped ear. Even though it's not what I was hoping for (I wanted them both pricked), it suits his personality and I love him to pieces anyway- regardless of how your dogs ears turn out I'm sure you will feel the same way
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