My friend has a Chihuahua whose ears are so big they lay down. He looks like hes always in trouble. They wont stand up and hes already almost 6 months old. But they are permenently like that now. But what Im wondering is, if this is hereditery? If he were to have puppies would they come out like his or like a standard chihuahua-standing up? Has anyone heard of this before. Thanks.
I know that when Ariel was really little her ears were up and then when she started growing they were floppy. She's now over a year old and they stand up fine. I'm not sure if it just takes time or not, but don't give up yet. I remember wondering what was going on at the time too.
if the ears have been down long enough to develop folds in the cartiladge, they're down permanently. I'd think that the lack of cartiladge/muscle strength in the head would be hereditary. With so many other good chihuahuas out there whos ears DO stand, why breed one who's ears don't?
with my Chihuahua's....... And ive had quite a few. It can take up to a year before they stand up. Most of the time its before then. You might see them up one day down the other. You might see one up and one down, but it just takes time for the cartiladge to develope. They do have some little tricks you can use to help them stand up but ive never gotten to that point.
Sometimes the ears never stand up, but most of the time they do. Usually too, if they stand up for awhile, and then fall down, it's because they are teething. My Chihuahuas ears just finally stood up a month or so ago and she is 7 months old.
Victory Lane is 7 months old and her ears do not stand up. Her sister's ears stand up just fine. Both her parent's ears stand too. I was told that Laney is from a long line of Champions, but she is not show quality because of her ears. Laney is sooo cute just the way she is. I love her big floppies http://photobucket.com/albums/y154/Kpower14/Laney/
If they've been down this long and never have gone up, I would *guess* that they won't ever stand. My chihuahua's ears stood on and off until he was around 7 or 8 months old, now they're up permanently, although when he is tired or just waking up they are floppy. :)
Yes, one must breed for correct ears. Thickness, size, placement, all are important. A heavy, thick ear will not stand, you can post forever, it wont help. It will be passed on and your line will ahve constant ear issues.
My chi's ears were down like an Aussie's ears when I first got her, now they are still down but up a little, if that makes sense but she is eight weeks old right now. I don't really care if they go up or not, she is so cute either way. If you're not breeding her I wouldn't worry about it. Is she very submissive? A lot of times they always hold their ears back in submission but if you've never even seen them up when she hears something I don't think they'll be going up.