According to breed standards, the Shetland Sheepdog (aka the Sheltie) should have ears that bend slightly at the tip. Many Shelties are born with ears that fold forward at the tip, while others have ears that stand straight and tall. A lot of Sheltie owners love the tipped ear look, while others absolutely need them tipped to be considered for show.
Ear tipping is a personal decision and done for cosmetic purposes only. Ear training takes diligence. There are many methods in which this can be done such as gluing, bracing or taping. There are times when this procedure doesn’t work.
Message from a Sheltie mom – I have to admit, I love the floppy Sheltie ears. When I brought home Misty Blue she was four months and with the cutest floppy ears. A few months later one ear stood straight up.
Being my first Sheltie I wasn’t sure what was going on. So I googled and learned that not all Sheltie’s have the “sheltie look” ears. That is when I first found out about ear tipping. I did a lot of research and thought about having it done, but eventually decided against it. I wanted her to be her authentic self. Beautiful and authentic.
Are your Shelties ears tipped, straight up or like Misty’s ears?
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A Is For Active
B Is For Barking
C Is For Characteristics
D Is For Dental Care
E Is For Ear Tipping
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G Is For Grooming
H Is For Health Conditions
I Is For Ivermectin
J Is For Jumping
K Is For Kisses
L Is For Lilies and Other Poisonous Flowers
M Is For MDR1
N Is For Nose Work
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R Is For Rainbow Bridge
S Is For Shedding
T Is For Traits
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X Is For Xylitol
Y Is For Yelling and Other Loud Noises
Z Is For Zoomies
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I’m so happy you didn’t do anything to have tippy ears . It’s as cruel as binding feet to keep them small.
I’ve read it doesn’t hurt them, but I am not so sure.
Ears…… very important decisions!