How long does a Corgi's ears take to go up?

Asked by Member 889940 on Apr 26th 2010 in Breeds
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I have no experience with Corgis at all. I do know it varies widely in German Shepherds. I have seen people bring home 7 week old puppies with their ears up and some not having them up until about a year. 3-4 months is the most common time for them.

I hope somebody with some Corgi experience answers.

Aster answered on 4/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 3 Report this answer


If they are not up completely by nine months it is unlikely they will ever stand on their own.
I am almost five months old... mine were up completely but now I am getting my adult teeth and they fell down again. I am not a corgi, but Mom knows lots of them and their ears are the same as mine. Mom says not to worry, mine will stand up again on their own, but since I am going to be a show dog, she does put some moleskin along the insides of them about every other day to make sure they will be straight up. I don't care cuz it doesn't hurt, and, with the tape in them I can make them move around better so I can hear what's behind me. But, as soon as I get all my teeth, when I am around six months old, they will be up forever and ever with no help from her moleskin tape!

Member 641257 answered on 4/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


16 weeks is about average for most dogs. :)
Congrats on your new Corgi!

Maverick answered on 4/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Cocoa does not look like a purebred Corgi. She isn't a purebred Corgi.

Any dogs ears can stand up at a different time. Some stand up when they are around 8-10 weeks old. I've heard of some stories where Corgis ears will take up to 7 months or longer to stand up. Corgis ears might flop down while they're walking or something. Your Corgi's ears may never stand up.

He is perfect just the way he is!

If his ears stay like that, you'll want to clean them out with dog ear cleaner. Dogs with floppy ears need more cleaning done to their ears because they hang down and they may get in mud or something.

Good luck with your dog!

Member 930032 answered on 4/27/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Chiming in WAY late, but had to answer. What I see is a pretty pure Corgi, just doesn't look so with her ears down (and some people aren't as familiar with the darker GSD pattered Red Head Tri's). For the average Corgi, the ears should be standing or look like they are standing by 12-18 weeks or they may need to be taped (some may come up later, but most breeders don't like to take chances, especially with show pups). My guys were up when I brought him home at 9weeks and never fell, but he is of very heavy English lines which produce more smaller ears with thicker leathers. American lines these days are producing far to many dogs who need ear help with overly large, paper thin leathers by comparison which need constant help via taping. For the time being, it is way to late now, if they don't stand by 7-8months they probably never will. Just had to add if anyone else is still looking.

Member 936753 answered on 6/2/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I have a Pembroke Corgi and her ears never stood straight up completely. They do stick up but they are really floppy at the tips. Personally, I think it's kinda cute:) We were going to breed her and do the whole toilet paper tube her ears thing to get them to stick up straight but decided not to.
I'd say that they stayed how they are around 6 months? Anyway, hope this helps:)

Member 990477 answered on 6/6/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Mum agrees with Maverick, not sure if your Cocoa is a purebreak Corgi. But he is a nice looking pup no matter if his ears stand up or not. Enjoy him as he is!
Mum has owned 3 Corgis now, but only 1 as a puppy. His stood up by 8-10 weeks old.

Member 393584 answered on 6/18/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I am a Cardigan Corgi. At 8 weeks old, I had one ear up and one down. My floppy ear came up at about 14-15 weeks, when I got my permanent teeth. My older bro Freddy's ears (he is a Pembroke) were both floppy until he was about 4-5 months old (so I'm told). Gentle taping the ears with masking tape for a couple of days may help. Don't apply more than 1 layer of tape and check several times daily for any discomfort or irritation.

Victoria answered on 6/18/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Sara Tonin

If the ears aren't up by week 12, they aren't going up. They are usually up and pretty stable by 10 weeks. Remember, if your dog's ears don't stand up, it just means that you can't show your dog because the cartilage isn't strong enough to hold up the ears. You still have a corgi and I'm jealous. ;-)

Sara Tonin answered on 7/28/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Pierre Truedog

Who cares...

I'm almost 10 and my ears used to try to stand up but now they just don't. A number of Fluffy Corgis have floppy ears as well

Remember - it's what's inside that counts

Pierre Truedog

Pierre Truedog answered on 7/31/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


how should i know? my akita is 3-4 months old. don't know about corgis.

Member 1080469 answered on 2/9/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer