You knew it was coming. So here it is. The first installment of Scottie Saturdays.
Because Scotties are always a source of amusement, fun facts and interesting things to know.
First up, the ears.
Next to the Scottie skirt, also known as “furnishings”, Scottie ears are perhaps the most identifiable feature of the breed.
Really? Who am I kidding? There are lots of things that make a Scottie a Scottie – the ears, the skirt, the long snoot, the “cinder block” body, big white teeth and cute nose. Along with a personality that’s bigger than life.
But the most common search terms leading folks to The Scottie Chronicles are “when do Scottie ears stand up?” and “Scottie ears”. Imagine that.
As you can see from Stuart’s little slide show above, the ears don’t start out standing up. They’re floppy. And at around, say, 10 weeks or so, they stand up on their own provided the hair has been clipped to relieve some weight.
Stuart? Well, his ears needed some help. (Of course.) Both of his didn’t perk up on their own even though his hair had been clipped from a young age. No indeed. Stuart, of course, was a special case. A tampon was taped to one of his ears to give it support. To “train” it.
After a while, they both stood up proudly.
So, there you have it. Scottie ears.
Anything else you’d like to know? Just email StuartTheScottieAThotmail.com and look for the answer here on Scottie Saturdays.
There may be a pop quiz at some point. I’m just sayin’.
that was interesting to read… scottie ears are great they EARn some support that they stand up like the flags on a lance of a knight :o)
Scotties are such handsome pups – ears up or down they rock. Stuart’s “furnishings” were purrrrfect!
Love Stu’s baby pictures! Samoyed’s ears start down at first too. Oskar’s ears were so adorable when they were folded. How I miss that boy *sigh*……..
We loved the First Edition of Scottie Saturdays and look forward to learning more! Looking back on Stuart as a wee pup makes us smile as our hearts do a flip-flop! 💘
McDuff & Mom
Mine took forever but Brother’s were up by 8 weeks.
Our Finnegan is what we refer to as a “one-of-a-kind designer Scottie”, meaning he’ll never be invited to Westminster. The tips of both his ears flop down slightly, so he sort-of resembles The Flying Nun (for those who remember this far back). When he’s happily jaunting along, the tips of his ears rhythmically flop back and forth (it’s just so darn cute). Anyway, whenever Finnegan sees another Scottie, or a picture of a Scottie, with their ears up, he refers to them as having “show off ears”. We wonder if this is a tinge of jealousy.
Wow we never knew that! And Stuart was so lucky to have you Peeptress from such a young age… I was 8 months old and Callie was 4 months old when mommy rescued us, so she never saw the rising of the ears!
My ears were up when Mom and Dad came to get me at 3 months. Andy is a rescue, but whoever had him before did his ears well. His tail has a crook in it, though. Would that be from a door, or not being straightened out at birth?? He is also very gray, but younger than me. Why? We’ll never know, but it makes him unique to us. I’m unique because I’m me (stubborn, adorable, I hop when I walk and my kennel Mom said I have a “perfect head”). Thanks for coming back to educate us. We missed you.
And we always thought Scotties had big ears to they could hear the shortbread tin being opened :
Such fine, upstanding ears. I will be taking notes in case of a pop quiz. 😀
Scotties don’t do things by external timelines. This includes their ears-they do what they want to do.
I wish that more people knew how to groom Scottie ears. Most don’t look very well groomed. All of my Scotties got their ears up quickly. A little massage will go a long way if they don’t erect by themselves.
We agree. Mom likes our antennae, but sometimes the groomer cuts them off.
My ears were up quick, but I got a hematoma and one of em kinda is down a lil now.
My scottie, Skye, had very droopy ears until she had her first haircut at 4 months, then they popped right up. We waited until we got to Colorado for her first haircut so the gal, Linda who cut my other Scotties hair could do Skye. She is a wonderful groomer!!!!
I like the slideshow…Your staff is doing a wonderful job, Stuart. Have a wonderful day at the bridge. – Ainsley
We try. It’s hard, but we try.
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Do all Scotties yawn with a howl ? ArroOOOO?
Yes! Don’t yoooooooo???