French Bulldog Ears – Complete Guide

French bulldogs got their bat-like and pointed ears. There is much to talk about French Bulldog ears, and in this article, we will give you an insight into it.

Facts About French Bulldog Ears

If you think that French Bulldogs are born with ears naturally up, we are afraid you’re wrong. Their ears have a phase of life for over a few weeks or months. You don’t have to worry if your puppy isn’t showing pointed ears right from birth.

When can I expect my French Bulldog ears to stay straight up?

Up to fifteen weeks. Same time when their teething phase will be over by then.

At the initial stage of a puppy’s life, its body uses excess calcium only on teething. During this phase, the ears might go down or up, and they might go droopy or fall back. So, why is it affecting the ears? Since the calcium hasn’t reached over the entire body, it impacts the puppy’s ears. But once the calcium enters the whole body, the ears will rise.

And if you are worried about your Frenchie’s ears not going up, then you shouldn’t. Presumably, you might think that it is abnormal, but it isn’t! It is normal, and you must show love to them even if their ears are down.

Also, some common questions asked by the French Bulldog owners are:

  • Why is my dog’s ear floppy at the top?
  • Why is only one side of my dog’s ear standing up?
  • My French Bulldog’s ear was up yesterday, but it is down again. Is there a problem?

To all the queries above, it is all right. It is a natural process, and it will continue to do until the teething phase is over. Also, some French Bulldog’s ear rises up when they are seven months old.

See Also: Best French Bulldog Ear Cleaner

Ways to Make French Bulldog Ears Stand Up

If your dog’s ear is not staying up straight by seven or eight weeks of age, then there is a way you can follow. One of the popular ways is taping. Most breeders follow this technique.

Before you follow the process, it is advisable to talk to your breeder and the vet for their advice. Also, if you think that your French Bulldog’s ear will be very large or heavy, talk with your vet. You might start taping as early as five weeks.

French bulldog ears with tape

With Tape

There are two ways to tape your Frenchie’s ears: soft cloth tape and sports tape. Each tape is one inch wide. Soft tape is much stickier. But for any tape, we recommend using two or three layers for proper support.

HOW TO Make French Bulldog Ears Stand Up
Clip or trim the hair inside the ear
Clean your dog’s ear with alcohol to remove natural oils or dirt
Wait for the ears to dry
Apply Tape
Now apply the tape splints. It can put in two ways: vertical and horizontal method. For the vertical approach, start from the base of the ear till the tip of the pinna. And for the horizontal, tape the natural breaking point of the ear.
Trimm unnecessary tape
It would help if you trimmed the tape according to the shape of the ear. Also, it will prevent your dog or other dogs from chewing.
2nd tape layer
You can follow the same process and apply another layer of tape and trim it. It will support the weight of your Frenchie’s ear.

You must keep the tape for twenty-four hours a day. Follow the process until your Frenchie’s ear is strong enough. Also, it would help if you replaced the tape after a couple of days. Your dog’s skin secretes natural oils that will loosen the strength of the tape.

Signs of Frenchie Ear Infections

Itchy ears (your Frenchie will shake its head and scratch its ears)
It will have a bad smell
Inflammation or swelling
They will show sign of pain when you touch their ears
It will release off-color discharge like black or yellowish

If you want to prevent your Frenchie from getting an ear infection, it is necessary to clean their ears. You can do occasional or weekly basis. Following this process will prevent bad ear smell, itchy ears, redness, or ear mites.


We hope that through this article you have got your doubts and queries answered about French Bulldog ears. They are lovely pets and loves companionship. Owning a dog means it is our responsibility to shower love and take care of them.

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