The love hate relationship with Yorkie Ears.

Yorkie ears are not surprisingly one of the talked about features of the Yorkie, and there is an insane variety of information about this darling feature on the beautiful Yorkshire Terrier.

What people say:

I just posted this cute video to my social media, and of course, within 2 minutes a keyboard warrior was like: ” I’ve had 3 yorkie, and I loved the floppy stage, … the eventually go up”. 

No Karen… they don’t all eventually go up. Lol. JK , the point is I clearly state in the video, that some people love floppy ears and that is OKAY. But depending on your genetic line, they may not go up. Ive seen it. But I’ve had way freaking more, than 3 yorkies, which might surprise Karen, that her experience with 3, is actually what I would classify as a very limited level of experience with the yorkie gene pool, which is even more true, if “Karen” got her 3 yorkies from the same genetic pool AKA the same breeder. 

 This really points out very well, what it means to be kennel blind, and in Karens case, Owner blind. Being kennel blind is when you are blind to other instances of cause and effect because of your experiences with your dogs. Karen is speaking from her own persepective, which is limited. Her inability to look at my page, realize i’ve dealt with 100’s of yorkie puppies and lots of parents over many years gives me a much broader perspective, led her to make that comment. 

Disclaimer: sorry to everyone out there actually named Karen. Its the sentiment not the actual name Karen. I have Karen friends I adore.

How to get your Yorkies ears to stand:

Now that we have that out of way, let’s get to the nitty gritty. Genetics do play a large role in the timing that Yorkies ears stand, and the likelihood that you will have to tape them at a young age, and if the new owners will need to to tape them. You dont have to do anything if you want them left down.

The type of tape:

Okay so I use gorilla tape, it’s so so so much better than the beige tan masking tape. The beige tan masking tape actually has a gum like film that makes it sticky, that melds into the hair of the pup, and will pull your Yorkies hair out when you take the tape off.

I use the orange gorilla stuff, and the tacky gum like stuff is not thick, and the natural oils in the hair of the pup, actually makes it come off on its own usually within 24 – 48 hours. I love it. It doesn’t hurt the pup. I tried the breathable surgical tape, that was off in 2 seconds flat.

How long to leave your Yorkie’s ears taped?

The answer to this question is so easy! You can leave the tape on for 24 hours or up to a week. The only question is, are they standing when you take the tape off? If the ears immediately fall down, then you can retape them right away. They might fall down again 24 hours later, and at that point you can tape them up again.

What to watch out for when taping a Yorkies ears:

Please be aware, that if you put a truck load of tape on your pups ears, if you cover the area of the ear canal where sound travels into the ear so they can hear, that you may cause a build up of ear wax, and if you leave it on for a puppy bath you could trap water and moisture under the tape that will cause fungus to grow.

A word of caution:

I had a neighbor who watched a YouTube video on how to tape a puppies ear, she followed the video which advised her to put an actual tampon (not sure of the size lol) in theYyorkies ears and then wrap tape around the outside to make a circular effect to help them stand. Well, she told me her girls ear.. actually fell off.  I mean, I’m just imagining my formative years when I put a string of a kite and wrapped it around the base of my thumb over and over. Well, that thumb went purple, and even at 7 I knew this wasn’t good.  Blood circulation is a good thing you guys. Yorkies ears, don’t have a lot of that and thats why, they are cold in winter and why they get “Leather ear” easily.

Please have patience with my spelling and grammar. I actually typed this by hand directly from my own mind, and was not written in 2 seconds from an artificial intelligence like chat gpt – Love you guys! JT

Love you guys! JT

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