I have a miniature Shih tzu X Maltese puppy (girl). She is 3 months old.

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    JoaquinLe-Feuvreposted 16 months ago

    I have a miniature Shih tzu X Maltese puppy (girl). She is 3 months old.

    Both ears were down. Last week I notice one ear is up. This is not a normal characteristic of this breed (from what I've read).
    Is this normal?

  2. gregas profile image81
    gregasposted 16 months ago

    I have a miniature Aussie. His ears stood straight up when he was about 6 months old. They still do and he will be 8 years in Aug. I sent pictures to the breeder and she can't believe it. None of their litters have ever done that. Normally Aussies have flopped ears. No reason for the difference.

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      JoaquinLe-Feuvreposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      That's awesome. I don't think it's common / normal for my breed to have one ear up only?
      I came across an article about teething but not sure if that's correct?

    2. gregas profile image81
      gregasposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      I think it just shows their individual personality. Harley, my best friend, shows his feelings with his ears.

  3. GollyGearHope profile image73
    GollyGearHopeposted 16 months ago

    With a mixed breed dog, there's no predicting whether the ears will be up or down. While neither Maltese nor Shih Tzu are known for having erect ears, there's no predicting with a cross-breed. If it's a "miniature" - it may have something else in the background, like Chihuahua, which does have upstanding ears.
    However - between about three and six months the puppy is teething, which can make their ears do all kinds of wonky things.


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