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chow1184
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Chow ears
Jul 29th, 2004 at 6:25pm
 
How many weeks old before you know if a chow puppy will have drop ears or not?

Or is it a individual thing, different for every puppy?
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Re: Chow ears
Reply #1 - Jul 30th, 2004 at 9:06am
 
Hi Chow1184--,

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How many weeks old before you know if a chow puppy will have drop ears or not?

Or is it a individual thing, different for every puppy?  


Not easy to answer and to my opinion it's an individual thing for every puppy. When you look well to the various puppies in a litter you see differences in 'ear body'. The more 'thick' (heavy "ear body") ears often hang more and for a longer period then 'thin' (less heavy "ear body") ears.
I'm pretty sure that experienced breeders can give you a better answer then I'm doing.

May I invite you to see the puppy pages of the Susie and Shadow litter and see the puppies developing up to 52 days?
Start at:
Happy Chows
and surf further to wedding and the puppies....
Follow also Kaya at these pages (the smooth fawn [cinnamon] chow lady).
All puppies developped the typical chow 'ear' look in the end Wink Wink

Peter
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Re: Chow ears
Reply #2 - Aug 1st, 2004 at 1:59pm
 
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How many weeks old before you know if a chow puppy will have drop ears or not?
Or is it a individual thing, different for every puppy?

Hi Chow1184
Most pups have their ears up at about 12 weeks, but some take a bit longer. My smooth Callisto took more than 5 months before her ears were up! But my other two Chows had them up at 9 weeks.
So it can take some time, but it is very rare that thears stay dropped.

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Re: Chow ears
Reply #3 - Aug 4th, 2004 at 7:05pm
 
In the litter I had in October of last year, some of the puppies had their ears up at five weeks!! One of them was the one with the biggest ears... I have no experience in chows with drop ears, but I have had one or two with a little too big and heavy ears...
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Re: Chow ears
Reply #4 - Oct 9th, 2004 at 10:08pm
 
Sheba's ears were completely upright from the moment I got her a a cuddly six month old. Hers are relatively thick, and I've seen in other Chows the usually pups with ears that have a nearly 50 degree or so angle of "Cut" at the top point and a moderate thickness rarely ever stay droopy for long.  Also if they are widely based and "Bearlike" as described in the standard, this seems to go for a non-droop eared Chow. Ive only seen two adult Chows with drooping ears, one of them had them fron puppyhood and had thin, veiny ears with very little cartilage, and the other developed them as a result of a car accident. Poor girl! I CAN tell you that cartilage is what makes an ear stand up or droop, and thicker ears typically have morre cartilage... basically I'm agree with peter. And thanks fro your reply Peter on About that mouth!
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