How to Make a Yorkshire Terrier's Ears Stand Up

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. September 21, 2016
How to Make a Yorkshire Terrier's Ears Stand Up

Animal file: Yorkshire terrier

It usually takes a while for a Yorkshire Terrier's ears to stand up, while genetics mean that in some cases it will never happen at all. Sometimes, you will need to make it happen yourself.

If you're looking for tips on how to make a Yorkshire Terrier's ears stand up, you've came to the right place. We at AnimalWised will give you some ideas which will seem ineffective at first, but will provide good results in the long run.

Read on and discover our best tricks - start putting them to the test now, and don't forget to share your experience!

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Shave their ears

The first trick to get a Yorkshire Terrier's ears to stand up is to shave them, either by using a set of specific dog grooming clippers or scissors. Be very careful when doing it or go to a professional.

Sometimes, hair weighs down the dog's ears to the extent that they cannot stand up on their own. It's not necessary to shave all the way down to the base, although doing so with a Westie cut can look really cute!

There are many haircuts for a Yorkshire Terrier - find out which best suits your best pal at AnimalWised.

How to Make a Yorkshire Terrier's Ears Stand Up - Shave their ears

Surgical tape for dogs

The second trick to make a Yorkshire Terrier's ears stand up is by using surgical tape. In specialized pet shops you'll find a product specifically designed for dogs that doesn't damage their fur in the slightest.

Using surgical tape is very simple: without bending them, gently wind their ears and use the tape to fix them in place. You must make sure that you're not harming your pet, and that it feels comfortable with the procedure.

You can apply the tape every other day, allowing the skin to perspire properly.

How to Make a Yorkshire Terrier's Ears Stand Up - Surgical tape for dogs

Food supplements

The third trick for getting a Yorkshire Terrier's ears to stand up is by giving it food that helps to strengthen the cartilage.

You can find specific dog joint supplements on the market, which are really effective in enhancing cartilage nutrition for increased firmness. It can also be helped by small portions of cheese and gelatin (containing no additives or preservatives).

However, you should consult your vet before considering giving your dog any of these supplements, because they will be able to give you advice on the best products for your Yorkshire Terrier.

How to Make a Yorkshire Terrier's Ears Stand Up - Food supplements

This is where our tricks to make your Yorkshire Terrier's ears stand up come to an end!

Do you have a better one that you'd like to share? Do you want to show us the results? Share your picture with the AnimalWised community and let everyone get to know your pet.

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New Yorkie
Hi,my Yorkie puppy just turned one but I realized he has gotten way more playful but the top of his ears bend , is that a problem?
Administrador AnimalWised

A Yorkshire Terrier's ears usualy stand up in their first 3 to 6 months of life. If they have not stood up after a year, it is possible they do not have the muscules to do so. This in itself isn't a problem. Many Yorkies can live happy and healthy lives with floppy ears. However, you should also ensure you bring it up at the next veterinary checkup in case there are any developmental issues.
Marion Boyle
hi, our yorkie is 11 years old. Her ears have never stood up . All of a sudden in the past two months her ears are standing up permanently. Any reasons why now at this age this would happen ?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Marion,

We are unsure why exactly your Yorkie's ears will have stood up all of a sudden, but it could be due to many factors. Have they had a trim recently? Have they lost weight? Have they suddenly become happier? Or perhaps they are stressed and are on alert all the time?

To answer the question, you need to have a look at their other behavioral changes and see what makes sense. You should also ensure you look out for any symptoms of stress or even a medical issue.

Have a think and let us know what you come up with!

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