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