Scottie Ears

Here are my ears. Nice and pointy.

I’ve noticed recently that some of my blog traffic comes from folks searching Al Gore’s Internet for information about Scottie ears and why they do or do not “stick up.”

So, today I’m letting you in on a little secret. Again.

We gloriously handsome/beautiful Scotties aren’t born with prickly-up ears. They’re actually kind of cute the way they flop over at the top when we’re really little. Sometimes our ears start to stick straight up on their own, sometimes they don’t and need a little help.

When I was born, for example, the ONE thing that the people who bred me did RIGHT with me was to take me to my Godmother’s to get me and my siblings used to having our heads clipped. And to be around people at a very early age.

But, for me, at that point – it was around 10 weeks or so – it was too late to have the hair on my ears clipped enough to lighten the load. So, my ears didn’t stick up. After a while, one did. But the other  just flopped over. With no hope of ever standing up straight.  (Actually, They wouldn’t have cared a bit about it.)

So, We worked at it. My peeps and my Godmother. She kept the hair on my ears VERRY short. And stuck this thing in it sometimes to “train” it to stick up.

It worked. And now I’m just as handsome as can be. Despite my bent tail.

Now I’d like to invite all my bloggin’ friends who have Scotties and who raise Scottie puppies to chime in here about our ears sticking up. Actually, you don’t have to have a Scottie to leave a comment about pointy ears. Lots of dogs’ ears start to stick up. Eventually.

Leave a comment. Share your knowledge! What experience did you have with your ears? Did they stick up on their own? How old were you?

What You Learned Today:

  • Scottie ears are great.
  • We use our selective hearing a lot.
  • Let’s see what others have to say……

About The Scottie Chronicles

I'm an eight-year old brindle, black and white (yes, you read that correctly) Scottish Terrier with plenty to bark about! Come along with me on my journey through life. With two peeps. A couple of girlfriends next door. And lots of friends in the blog-o-sphere.
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11 Responses to Scottie Ears

  1. Peggy says:

    When Button was about 4 months old the ears weren’t going straight up. So I called her breeder to learn that a calcium supplement would help and sure enough in a couple days they were up. And anyone who would read Algore for any kind of info is not too sharp in my book. LOL

  2. When Scottie puppies are born, their ears are actually sealed shut and they can neither hear nor see – can you imagine? And the ears are flopped over, but before long the eyes start to open and our Mom can tell that noise startles the puppies. When she starts supplementing their diet (at 3 weeks old) no one has their ears standing up, but with the great diet they get, the ears start to bloom and usually by the time the puppies leave us (8-9 weeks old) their ears are fully standing up.

    • You mean to tell me that MY dangly ear might have been caused by a poor diet as a wee pup??????????????

      THANK GOODNESS I got away from those people!!!!!!

      Thanks for sharing this grrrrrreat information. RooooooAAAARRROOOOooooo! Stuart

      • Your dangly ear could have easily been caused by a poor diet – your birth Mother’s poor diet. Two months prior to breeding our girls, they start to get extra calcium and protein in their already great diet. And they get this until after the puppies are gone. It makes all the difference in the world – both in the health of the mothers and that of the puppies.

        We’re glad you got away from those people too!!

  3. Daisy says:

    All the scotties in this family and there have been nine, have had no problems with ears. Though they didn’t stand up as quickly as the Rocky Creek babies. Ours were up by about 10 weeks. So they and their mothers must have had a good diet.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  4. Abigail says:

    Pippi was 10 weeks when we got her and she was all up!!

  5. Kyla says:

    Since I was a rescue-five months old when They got me and I came from Mexico (Stuart, I heard you–I’m from Mexico in Arizona with no papers), I’ll use my feminine option and remain silent about my past.

  6. Toby says:

    Schnauzer ears don’t stand up at all and they are supposed to flop over, or some people have them cut so they stand up.
    But my mom wanted mine to flop over and thinks it’s terrible that people cut their ears. (But we also have our tails docked when we’re really little, and that doesn’t seem to bother her??!!)
    Anyway, after a while,, mine started popping up a little, so they’re half and half. Mom checked my brother Riley’s next door, cuz his flop over, and she says mine have thicker cartilage in them.
    Guess that’s why they give you calcium…
    She wishes mine flopped over, but she loves me anyway….
    PS – She bought Christmas Cards for her store with your friend Emma on them!!! I think you and I should be on Christmas cards!

  7. Judie says:

    Our Kelsie had one ear that usually didn’t stand up, but, once in a while, it would all of a sudden be upright just like her other one. She came to us through Scottie Rescue and was 8 years old when we got her – she had a rough life before she came here. If I kept her ear fur cut short, it seemed to help, but we loved her dearly in spite of her floppy ear. Duncan & Hamish’s ears were slightly folded when they came to us at 5 months, but they are totally upright now and they are just as handsome as can be. They get a good diet now and I like to think that makes all the difference in the world :o) I’ll have to try the vitamin B-12 supplement too –
    Judie, Duncan & Hamish

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