One of the standard characteristics of the German Shepherd is the erect ears that gives the appearance of being alert and confident. But owners shouldn’t be alarmed if they notice their puppy’s ears are not standing but folded down. For the German Shepherd, ears begin to stand up between the ages of 7 to 9 weeks and larger ears may take a bit longer than that. Erect ears are due to the strengthening of the cartilage. Massaging the ears with fingers is a good way to make them stronger.
Giving the German Shepherd calcium tablets can also help but it must be done with moderation and care for the dog may suffer from rapid bone build up and Panosteitis which is the inflammation of the bones. However some German Shepherds will not have erect ears but “soft ears” which is a genetic inheritance and an automatic disqualification in breed competitions. Some erect ears will have wavy tips and its known as friendly ears. Not a disqualification however may not look good.
If you still have questions about German Shepherds, you will find more information on the development, general health and care of the breed in the German Shepherd handbook.