How To Tape Aussie Ears

by Jan Mhoon
(Hemet, Ca, USA)

HELP! HOW do I tape my Aussie's ears so they stay button ears for showing. I can't find any info on the other Aussie sites. Found info on boxer and mastiff ears, but not Australian Shepherd. I don't want to tape them wrong as she is such a gorgeous puppy with button ears. PLEASE can someone help me? Thanks Jan

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How to tape Aussie Ears
by: Anonymous

If you puppy is teething his ears will change. I suggest that you wait until he is a little older. If you don?t want to wait, take him to his vet, there is a special glue that they can put.

Taping Ears
by: Anonymous

I used a product called Tear Mender on a pup. The ears came out great.
I have since purchased another mini aussie. This breeder did not believe in gluing. Her belief is that if the ears are not correct naturally, the dog shouldn't be bred. After much thought, I am not gluing the new puppy's ears. This way, I will be sure not to breed a dog that might have a prick ear.

Minnie Aussie ears
by: Anonymous

You're taking advice from someone who breeds Minnie Aussies? Good luck with that. Minnies should not be breg. Period. The ears are the least of your worries.

by: Anonymous

Don't pick on the little guys. If your the bully your the inferior one.

by: Rebecca

"You're taking advice from someone who breeds Minnie Aussies? Good luck with that. Minnies should not be breg. Period. The ears are the least of your worries."

I researched the Aussie quite extensively prior to getting one. Apperently, the breed always varied in size depending upon the required job. For sheep, they were small (our minis) and for cattle, they were bred bigger. Much the same has happened to the German Shepherd. They are much larger here in American. Please do research prior to stating your own opinions. Thank you.

Mini Aussie Ears
by: Anonymous

But Mini Aussies DO have more health problems as a general rule... I have the most gorgeous blue merle Aussie in the world and I'm just waiting for her ears to go forward. No taping, thank you! It's just not natural. Have good luck!!!!

Health problems???
by: Anonymous

Mini Aussies do not have many health problems at all. How do you get that they have tons of health problems. To the person who said good luck with advice with someone who breeds them... Why shouldn't they be bred. They are one of the most wonderful dogs out there. Do you even own one?

Mini Aussies
by: Anonymous

If you don't know... Mini aussies are officially a breed now. SOOOOOO take the mini aussie breeders advice, they happen to know what they are doing.

Other breeds have MAJOR health issues, doesn't make the owner a bad advice giver.

mini aussies vs standards
by: Anonymous

They are one in the same. Mini's have no more or less health issues than the standards. The difference is the "quality" mini breeders are DNA testing for known issues in the breed and taking those dogs out of their program.
Just like the standard breeders there are good and unfortunately bad breeders. The breeders of the mini's have just concentrated on selective breeding to bring the size down. It started with two breeders in California.
Mini Aussie breeders are responsible caring breeders, with the betterment of the dogs in their best interest.
But like any other breed you need to be careful who you purchase from. Do your homework!
Yes some of the mini's ears tend to stand, but some of the standards have a tendency to as well if not bred properly. If you have a nice dog otherwise, there is no harm in gluing or taping, but I would seriously consider whether to use that line in my program.

by: Anonymous

Minis are a separate breed as different breeds of dogs including the Australian shepherd were used to crate the minis. With that being cleared up. The breed is very nice, and cute, but not an Australian Shepherd, same as a collie is an Australian shepherd, and a German shepherd is not an Australian Shepherd.

Tape and glue ears holds the ears in place while the puppy is teething. If a dog is going to have prick ears, taping and gluing may not have any affect, as you Shelty breeders, they'll tell you.

Educate yourself
by: Sarah

To the person above this comment, mini aussies are not a separate breed. If you knew anything about the breed, you would have a little more knowledge toward that statement. Mini aussies ARE australian shepherds. For those who have a problem with that, don't buy a smaller aussie. Simple as that. I have owned and bred australian shepherds for YEARS and over those years some of my females produced smaller pups. It's normal. When a slightly smaller aussie is bred to a larger aussie, the size of the pups is not guaranteed. I do not call my smaller aussies "mini aussies" because they are pure aussie, just grew up to be smaller than the AKC's breed standard. And also, if you search online for aussie breeders you will find that many of them say they breed "standard australian shepherds". So why the distinction if there is only one type of Australian Shepherd? Why do people feel the need to announce that they have a standard size aussie? Do your research before making assumptions and accusations.

And pricked ears does not always mean bad breeding. All of the dogs I have used for breeding have button ears, and there would always be that one (or two) pup who would end up with pricked ears as they grew. I have traced back as far as 12 generations of dogs within my breeding program and still do genetic testing. I've been doing this for over 20 years. Took over for my parents when my dad got sick. Aussies are an amazing breed and I wish people wouldn't discriminate based on size.

Mini vs Standard Aussie
by: Anonymous

Yes, there SHOULD have to be no distinction, because the Australian Shepherd is the only recognized breed by the AKC; and yes, they vary in size, but it is a very specific variation in size. You can check the breed standard. Which is why people who sell 'Mini Aussies' are selling a dog which is outside of the breed standard and therefore should not be bred. There are a few random, less respected registries which recognize a smaller than the AKC and ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America - Anyone?) standard 18 - 21in. at the shoulder, and these registries call them 'Mini Aussies'. Personally I think it is a dis-service to the breed to specifically breed together 2 who were the smallest in their litters. Typically that means they got fewer nutrients in the womb and might even die pretty quickly were they born without human influence. Then to breed these 2 creates even smaller, naturally weaker puppies. This is why by the time they get to 'toy' size they look dumber, and act dumber. (Which there are Toy Aussie breeders out there as well, google it.) And just because they may not be 'dumb' dogs, does not mean that they are even close to as intelligent as the gorgeous AKC 'Standard' Australian Shepherd. Who is supposed to be a very specific size, for a reason.

How can ALL of you not know this? Especially if you're breeders.. wow.

ear tape
by: Anonymous

How did you get so far off topic? Go back to the question about tape. I'm looking for advice. Unbunch your knickers.

by: Anonymous

"This is why by the time they get to 'toy' size they look dumber, and act dumber....And just because they may not be 'dumb' dogs, does not mean that they are even close to as intelligent as the gorgeous AKC 'Standard' Australian Shepherd."

To the person that made the above comment, you are full of it. Such an ignorant comment! Have you ever spent time with a toy? They are as intelligent and gorgeous as the "standard" Aussie. If seen on a picture with no size comparison you would not be able to tell it's a toy vs a standard!

Shame on you for saying such an ignorant, distasteful and hateful comment.

by: Anonymous

Ugh, I just had photos to show you, but seriously, just Google Toy Aussie, many of their eyes are crossed and can't focus as well, it's plain on their faces. Now I'm not saying they're dumb, I specifically said that, they're Australian Shepherds for Christ's sake, of course they're intelligent, but quite a few have serious eye issues and hip issues, but please, research yourself. Here's what 5 minutes got me:

From :
"You may see advertisements for dogs called teacup, toy, or miniature Australian Shepherds. Australian Shepherd breeders don't recognize these dogs as true Australian Shepherds. The breed is meant to be a functional working dog capable of herding tough stock for miles in rough country or snowdrifts, and it has no smaller size varieties."

From the MASCA website (which is NOT recognised by the AKC, even THEY make a distinction):
"In fact, mini Aussies ARE Australian Shepherds and likewise make excellent stock, show and performance dogs as well as companions. The smaller lines have been around for as long as the Australian Shepherd itself, becoming unfashionable in the 1970’s, around the same time at which the certain smaller lines gained the "miniature" label. The "miniature" applies only to size when compared with the Australian Shepherd, and should not imply diminished working ability or a "toy" size. Australian Shepherds of the miniature variety have no advantage or disadvantage over the Aussie."

And, if you need further proof, aside from the research you'll do, here's a gem from a wonderful "Toy Australian Shepherd" breeder at

"IF YOU want a MINI aussie we do get throw backs to 14-15" dogs - but they are still FAMILY PETS, we try to breed for limited herding drive."

Although great dogs, they are NOT the same as Australian Shepherds, I should have to make no distinction of "Standard" because there is only one Australian Shepherd. Although minis are the same breed (in my opinion) as long as they haven't been bred specifically to be smaller, that's just incorrect breeding of a HERDING BREED. Get it? It's not a misinformed opinion of the breed, it is the fact of the breed. Seriously, just look up this breeders website, when you're proud that your dog's are now 8lbs, you're sacrificing something. Look at their faces and eyes.. aye. Smart enough still, but the Aussie isn't there anymore.

My opinion isn't ignorant, yours maybe is, sorry. I'm sure your dogs are smart too though.

Ear Taping/Mini/Standard Australian Shepherd.
by: Dee Aussie Owner

Hi, I found this site to actually get information about "Eat Taping", our now 7 mth old Aussie Standard has a bat wing, and I agree, taping isn't the best method. It slides right off his ears, haven't tried the glue? does it matter? to him it does as its bothering him, other wise I would leave it.

I have owed German Shepherds, Rotties, Alghan hound, husky, various other pure breds and mutts. Our last 3 dogs have been Standard Aussie. I appreciate this breeds intelligence, energy, always a puppy for the rest of their lives and truthfully one heck of a working dog. We are presently training our Aussie for Service Work "were old now". LOL

Because we are retired and travel, I had looked at getting a Mini. They all looked funny, pointed ears, stand up ears, pointed noise, didn't stand right, and this is looking at 18 different mini dog breeders! My husband was put his foot down and said "I don't want a stupid dog, the minis I swear are lacking a few brain cells, get a standard again or not at all". My other 2 aussies were rescues, one red merle, one blonde/red merle, he had health issues, epilsey and hip displasia, 1 lived until 13, the other 14 yrs, and he had more health problems. Holistic dog food, supplements, exersise, accpuncture, swim theraphy & reiki. Best dog I have every owned in my life! Our new puppy we purchased from a breeder with 30 yrs of aussie breeding, he is a beautiful blue merle, smart as a whip, faster than one! I appreciate that some love their mini's, I simply like the compact size, but the ones I have met just simply do not cut it. Something I personally feel is missing with the small ones. I am not a breeder, I am just making a statement based upon my own experiences between mini and standard. Our boy will be a big boy, and were totally fine with that!

by: Anonymous

Sorry you feel that way about the Mini Aussie-- they are intelligent, beautiful and can herd stock just like the Aussie. I have Mini Americans that are out of the same breeding stock as MANY Australian Shepherds and bred to perform like one. Toy Aussies are just like any other toy breed-- not that they are bad. But for some people they are cute and appropriate. There are some that are like you say but there are some that look and act just like an Australian Shepherd.

Personally, I do not like taping or gluing ears because it hides the natural ear set of the dogs. If those dogs are being bred that trait will definitely pass down to the offspring. Period. If a breeder tapes (Australian Shepherd, Mini Australian Shepherd, Toy Australian Shepherd or Miniature American Shepherd) I fully believe it is their responsibility to tell potential buyers.

To the original poster who asked for ways to tape or glue—this is a video on you tube that shows one way to do it.

So much ignorance
by: Anonymous

Ha. Read this thread and have never heard so much ignorance from people regarding miniature Aussies. There is so much ignorance and jealousy regarding these dogs. The only difference is size period. Buy from recognized breeders. There are good and bad breeders in every breed but the miniature Australian Shepherd has been bullied long enough!!

Gluing aussie ears
by: Kelly

Contact me if you need help, I'm a breeder of aussies. I do have to glue some of mine. I also use Tear Mender.

Love my mini
by: Beka

My almost six month old has tipped pricked ears. I like the folded ears and wonder if these will fold down. She is still teething so hm, I may or may not glue. She will not be bred. All that said, this thread was really a hodge-podge of attitudes and rough thoughts. For what it's worth, I wanted an Aussie 15 yrs ago but couldn't find a good breeder so I got a Sheltie. Wonderful, beautiful, smart dog who lived to be 14. Now I have an Aussie - a mini already 23+ lbs and 17 in - and I expect her to be every bit as wonderful and smart as my Sheltie. In fact, she already is. So to each his own. But when someone asks about gluing ears, why go into attack mode towards others' dogs? Do you think the owners of minis should put them down because of what you think? What is the point? Do what you want with yours. And try be helpful not hateful to others.

Came Here for taping help
by: Anonymous

I came here for taping help - have been taping my mini aussie's ears since 4.5 months, and he's going on 6 months right now. His ears won't stop roseing aha. I don't think I'm doing it wrong, per se. Just needs more time.

But guys. Mini aussies are not toy aussies. I have no experience owning a toy, but I have raised minis. There is a general confusion in the aussie community concerning minis and toys - but honestly just stop conflating the two, because the size of minis and the size of toys are utterly different entirely.

by: Anonymous

Regardless of whether the difference is "JUST" size or not... it's still a DIFFERENCE. Do you see? Minis are just small Aussies, sure yeah, but they're not recognized by AKC or ASCA. Period.
Therefore if the standard doesn't recognize them, neither do I.

Toys (and some minis) are bred with breeds other than Aussies. Making them NOT full Aussies.

The end. :)

How to roll them?
by: Anonymous

Please explain in detail or a visual what you mean by "rolling" which sounds like what I'm looking for. Have taped, if needed, for 30 years but would like to learn how to roll them. I'd really appreciate your help!!!💙

Eye Roll
by: Anonymous

Seriously, I get that people love their dogs, I love mine too! Saying there is NO difference between Australian Shepherds and American Shepherds, other than size, is ridiculous! They’re two DIFFERENT breed, period! That’s like saying a Labrodoodle and Labrador Retriever are the same, nope!

Toy aussie
by: Anonymous

I have a toy Australian Shepherd and he is the most intelligent dog I have ever met and he is absolutely beautiful. Discriminating against breeds of dogs is the same as Discriminating against those of different race, sex.. Ect. It is ignorant. Every dog is different, every person is different. Hence why you insult toy aussies. Breed discrimination is disgusting. You could never make generalized comments about people and expect people to be okay with it nor should you about dog breeds. My toy has a perfect bloodline and is of outstanding health. The breeder I got him from was exceptional and I absolutely love toy Australian Shepherds. Do not assume an animal is "dumber down" because they are smaller. Ignorance breeds ignorance. 😀

When is it too late
by: Anonymous

I have a 5 month Aussie, I’ve been taping her ears and she has one stubborn one that keeps going rose. When is it too late to tape? Thanks

by: Anonymous

Nobody answered any questions about how to tape or what rolling is.
My sister and I use medical tape. It seems to work better and last longer. Start with a piece of tape on the inside of both ears with a little bit hanging down. Yes sticky side inside the ear at the point. Then you’ll take a long piece and pretty much make a chin strap going up to connect with the other pieces of tape you put on the ears to overlap each other and stick together. Make sure it’s tight. This helps hold the tap in place. You’ll want to make sure there is a little bit of extra tape that goes on the outside of the ear too. If they shake or scratch, get them to stop then treat them for it. Eventually they will leave it alone. I’d say do this every other day. Keep on as long as you feel needed. Past teething stage maybe.

Rolling: If you feel uncomfortable taping, you can "roll" the ears. Essentially you are going to massage your dogs ears forward. Do this for about 10 minutes a day about 3 times a day. Your going to place your fingers behind the cartilage of the ear and just massage it forward like your molding the cartilage into place. This can help. I have notice a difference. Only thing is you’ll have to do this a lot and maybe make a routine out of it. Plus the dogs really enjoy the massage. Lol!

Standard, mini, toy
by: Anonymous

The argument is whether a mini is an Australian Shepherd is a stupid argument. The mini could be considered a small standard, but the matter of fact is that the "mini" is not an Aussie at all. It’s called a Miniature American Shepherd for a reason. It may have its main genetics to be an Australian Shepherd, but in reality the breed was bred with another dog to be smaller, JUST like the toy. The toy is not an Aussie what so ever. It’s ears are always up and I don’t know any Australian Shepherds that look like a cross between a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua. They have pointy noses and big eyes. They do not look like real Aussies. Not saying that either one of these breeds are good dogs, but they are not a real Australian Shepherd. Sorry if that offends anyone who breeds them or owns them, but they just got bred down in size because people didn’t want a big one. Doesn’t mean they got all of the wonderful traits of the Aussie.

Ear gluing
by: Anonymous

50% of all Aussies have the potential to carry the MDR1 gene. What that means is that they can have an oversensitivity to standard medications... Ivermectin for one. If they are exposed to certain medicines they can have neurological issues. It is applicable to all Aussies and Border Collies. 50% of all Aussies carry this gene not dependent if they are small or large or standard size.

Another option to try for ears
by: annonymous

Regarding keeping those adorable button ears, our breeder suggested giving our pup a women's daily calcium vitamin during the teething phase as well as the gentle massaging (as mentioned by a previous commenter). Just as teething started in earnest, I noticed one of his ears starting to roll back. I started with the daily calcium and massages and by the time he was done teething, the ear came back forward and has remained there ever sense. Now perhaps it would have done so anyway, even without the Calcium, but he LOVED the ear massage (and still does) so it's a win/win!!

How to tape Aussie ears
by: Anonymous

Well, all you "informed" people, the "mini Aussie" is NOT an actual breed. According to the AKC, and the CKC they are called the Mini American Shepard. Yes, they LOOK like a Mini Aussie but are NOT an Aussie. Even the ASCA doesn’t recognize the mini Aussie, they too class them as a mini American Shepard. There’s the facts people. NOW, can we get back to the question at hand and leave the squabbling for other websites please.

Ears that stand up
by: Anonymous

I have a question. I have an Mini Aussie and his ears stand up.
I bought him that way. I was told later that, that would be a problem trying to sell the babies. I was thinking about getting a female and breeding to him.
So do the ears have to be trained when they are puppies to bend?
Do the ears standing up effect the sale price?
How soon do you start training the ears after they are born?

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