Taping ears of a Yorkie is a process when you want their ears to stand up by itself. Yorkie puppies are normally born with floppy ears, which means that they do not have enough muscle strength to make their eyes stand on its own. These muscles will grow and become stronger throughout their developmental stages.
Taping Yorkie Ears
Fold the ear half-length wise, usually, you will apply the tape at the base while another tape is going around the ear a few times. Another technique is to keep the ear flat and place tape on the front and back.
In this article, you will know about taping Yorkies’ ear. This process is being done to be able to meet the Yorkies breed standard to be able to consider a pure breed.
What is Yorkie Ear Taping?
It usually takes a while for a Yorkie’s ears to stand up. Genetics plays a significant role, while in some instances, it will never happen.
Read our article “When Do Yorkies’ Ears Stand Up?” for more on this.
The particular method outlined here is not a 100% solution. However, it does work well in some cases.
That said, it can also lead to discomfort and itching. We generally recommend leaving things alone and letting nature take its course. But if you want to speed things up, here is what you need to do.
It begins typically by shaving the area around the ears once it is all cleaned up, you can prep the ears by cleaning using swab cotton and a cleaning solution. Make sure not to go over deep as this can cause irritation and could cause damage to their eardrums.
Read our article on grooming Yorkie ears for help.
Once you have it all prepped up, gently fold the ear, as if you’re closing it up vertically. When you fold the ear, it will be standing up straight with a point at the very top. Then, wrap gauze surrounding the base and then secure it with a bandage or using tape.
Using another tape, hold both alignments with each other.
It is a trial and error procedure because you don’t want to put too much tightness into the tape. Too tight, and it will cause issues with the body circulation and too loose, the tape will be falling right off.
Does It Work?
When correctly done, ears will properly stand straight, and it will not flop from side to side. For assurance, you need to leave the taping on for another three days at a time, then allow the ear to breathe and relax. Make sure to clean the ears between taping.
It depends on how it will be applied. Some take three days, while others can take up to 3 weeks. Ultimately, it’s the genes that are the deciding factor. You can help with the process, but it’s up to their body to respond with all the precautions and steps you’re making.
To summarize, tapping is just one way of helping to make Yorkies’ ears stand. There are other ways to help them achieve that particular standard set by the AKC. However, whether your Yorkie’s ears are standing up or not, beauty is still visible.
You have to accept them and love them endlessly even though they don’t fit in the norm.