I'm new here...I have 3 chi's, all of them with extraordinary ears! Huge, giant bat ears!
I'm worried about my baby, Bishop...I went away for a couple of days and when I returned, his ears were totally floppy. I don't know what happened! I really want Bishops ears back to normal!!! Is it true that little one's ears are all over the place when they are young (Bishy is 4 month old)?? Is there anything I can do?
The ears will go up and down during the first 6 months---stress and teething can cause this to happen. If a Chi's ears are not up by 6 months of age, they probably won't ever stand up. Tucker's ears went up and down like a roller coaster till he was 5 or 6 months old, but they are up---and have been---for quite a while. (He's 10 months old).
Dobbie's ears don't stand erect unless he is very interested in something. Most of the time, they are at "half mast" but they are capable of standing upright. He'll look at me when he wants something and those ears are standing straight up. He looks like he's going to fly away any minute!
Chicos ears were down when I got him at 8wks of age. He is now 5 months old and they are both up all the time. He has been teething so maybe that is why they were not up. One day one was up the next they were both down, a couple of weeks ago he woke up with both up and they have stayed up. What is the mystery of the chi ears :?: Up or down they are the cutest, but I have to admit that is one of my favorite attributes of the breed (big ears).
This is my first Chi but I raised Dobermans and MinPins for years. After the trim surgery, (which I came to hate) and the ears beings wrapped for weeks then standing perfectly, when the pups would start teething, the ears always flopped. Something about the calcium needed for the new teeth. Anyway, after they were through teething, the ears always popped back up. For weak and/or thinner ears, it always helped to gently stretch the ears whenever we held them as they slept. It seemed to help prevent any creases setting in at the fold.