You finally got that Husky puppy you have always been dreaming of. Whether it was their piercing eyes, fluffy coat, or wolf-like appearance, something about them drew you in and you decided to make one the new member of your family.
If this is your first Husky or even your first dog, you may have a lot of questions about your new friend once the excitement of having a new puppy around has died down. Things like how to walk your Husky on a leash without them pulling and how to potty train a Husky puppy are common and important questions that come with owning a dog.
But there are some less common questions that you may have about your new friend. One of which is when will your Husky puppy’s ears stand up?
When you got your new puppy, you may have been surprised to see that they had floppy ears instead of pointy ears as you may have expected.
So, when will your Husky’s ears stand up?
Below we will discuss when you should expect your Husky’s ears to perk up and how you can ensure that they stand up within the appropriate time frame.
When will my Husky puppy’s ears stand up?
While each Husky is different, generally a Husky’s ear standing process starts when your puppy is 6 weeks old. Their ears are typically completely perked before or by the time they are 6 months old.
Why does it take so long for their ears to stand up?
The reason why it can take some time for their ears to stand up is that the bones and cartilage in their ears are in the process of growing. This is supposed to be a gradual process.
If your Husky’s ears have not perked up or started to stand up by the time they are 6 months old, you should book an appointment with their vet. The vet will check your Husky’s ears for any underlying problems with the bones or cartilage by giving them a physical exam.
What factors contribute to making a Husky’s ears stand up?
While there are several factors that contribute to your Husky’s ear growth, diet is one of the most essential factors that will help or hinder their ear standing.
As with all living things, diet is a big part of maintaining health. Your Husky puppy is no different, and they require an appropriate diet to keep them fit, healthy, and ready for action.
Making sure your Husky’s diet is rich in calcium will be critical for proper ear growth. Calcium deficiency will not only hurt their ear growth but can affect their overall health as well, as calcium is needed to maintain healthy and strong bones.
What are signs that my Husky’s ears are perking up?
You should check your puppy’s ears regularly to see if they are starting to feel firmer over time. When a Husky’s ears stand up, they will feel less soft and become stiffer over time. If your puppy’s ears perk up when they get excited or curious but then relax when the moment has passed, this is a good sign that their ears will stand up permanently by the time they are 6 months old if not sooner.
How do I take care of my Husky’s ears?
Whether you’re waiting for your Husky’s ears to stand up or they are already perfectly pointy, there are steps you can take to ensure that their ears stay clean and healthy from puppyhood through their adulthood.
If you take your puppy swimming or give them a nice bath, make sure to dry their ears
thoroughly. Excessive moisture left behind in the ear can lead to an unpleasant and painful ear
Clip overgrown hair inside of your dog’s ears. The hair in their ears can hold onto dirt and bacteria so keeping the hair short will help to prevent ear infections. If your puppy isn’t a fan of haircuts make sure to take them to a professional groomer instead to avoid injuries to yourself and your puppy.
If your Husky’s ears seem more prone to becoming dirty easily, you should clean your dog’s ears once a month. Research and purchase an ear solution for your Husky pup to give their inner ears a proper cleanse.
If you notice any of the following, you should take your Husky to the vet for an exam:
- A foul or unusual smell coming from inside your puppy’s ears.
- Gunk-like buildup in their ears. The gunk may be light brown, dark brown, or dark red in color and have a tar-like consistency.
- Aggressively shaking their heads.
- Rubbing the sides of their head on the floor or other surfaces.
- Excessively scratching or pawing at one or both ears.
- Crying or growling when you touch their ears.
These are all potential signs that your dog is developing or has an ear infection. Treating an ear infection requires a visit to your dog’s vet as medicine may be needed to properly treat it.
What to avoid while waiting for your Husky’s ears to stand
Avoid vigorously massaging your dog’s ears as doing so may actually interrupt the process of their ears standing up. Their ear cartilage is softer and more susceptible to breakage than bones so keep those ear rubs light and gentle.
While some people opt to tape up their Husky’s ears in order to make their ears stand up faster, there is no way to know for sure if taping will work. Taping their ears can lead to your puppy being physically uncomfortable and also weaken their cartilage over time instead.
Once you have decided on whether or not you should potty train your Husky outside or opt for an indoor dog potty, you may start to wonder about the smaller things such as when your Husky will be sporting their signature pointy ears.
With proper diet, consistent physical observation, and cleaning of your Husky’s ears, you can be sure that your puppy will have perfectly perky ears in no time.