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Floppy Ears on a Chihuahua Puppy

by Little Too on February 28th, 2009

This is me last April. Wasn’t I adorable?

I started out with two floppy ears, as you can see in my picture from the day I first came home in March.

The month after I came home, my right ear straightened out, but my left ear stayed floppy.

It was floppy for several weeks. I was so cute.

I am still cute, though, even with both ears being straight. Sometimes, though, when I’m really tired and wake up in the morning, one or two of my ears might be floppy. But not for long!

Why are chihuahua puppy ears floppy? It’s actually natural. It’s because when we’re young, our ears are still soft and not hardened. It’s the cartilage that’s still soft, I’m told. For most chihuahuas, the ears will gradually straighten. The time may vary by chihuahua, but most of us have our ears straightened out by the time we’re half a year old or so.

But some chihuahuas might have floppy ears all their lives if it’s in their genes.

I guess it’s perfectly fine that my ears straightened at different rates. I’d rather go through a half-floppy ear stage than pimples and stuff like people do.

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