French Bulldog Ears: Your Top 4 Questions Answered (Plus a Few Facts)

French Bulldog Ears: Your Top 4 Questions Answered (Plus a Few Facts)

17 Replies to “French Bulldog Ears: Your Top 4 Questions Answered (Plus a Few Facts)”

  1. February 7, 2019 Eileen Thomas

    My franchisors nearly 8 she is continually licking her mouth and dribbling lots have had feel around her mouth can’t feel anything would be grateful of opinion thank you

    1. February 8, 2019 Frankie

      Hi Eileen, it may be something simple but we would recommend seeing a vet who can give you an expert opinion. Alternatively, you can chat with a vet online here:

  2. February 11, 2019 Sumiko

    My frenchie Kona turned one in December but her ears have not stood up yet.. Is it too late to tape her ears? Does this mean her ears will stay down for good?

    1. February 19, 2019 Frankie

      Hey Sumiko,

      You could still try to tape Kona’s ears but the older they get the harder it will to get them to stand up. I’m sure Kona is cute either way!

  3. March 8, 2019 Christy

    My 3 month old frenchies ears were straight up, now the one ear flops over .anything I can do? I think it happened playing with his littermate. Taping I know I will have to separate them.

    1. March 12, 2019 Frankie

      Hey Christy,

      Best to check with your vet that there isn’t any damage to the ear, otherwise you could give taping a go. It isn’t completely out of the ordinary for the ears to come up and then flop down again when the Frenchie is still a puppy.

      1. March 15, 2019 Christy

        Thanks for getting back to me.
        I have been reading that when frenchies are teething there ears will go down due to the calcium needed for there adult teeth. It said they should go back up. Hopefully they will!

  4. April 2, 2019 Clare

    My girl is nearly 4yrs old now and keeps getting ear infections in both ears. We have to take her for regular ear cleaning and have tried various tablets and lotions from the vets but sadly this does not stop the infections. This has now caused her to have thickening of the inner ear making her even more prone to ear infections so the vets have now said that she is a perfect candidate for a Total Inner Canal Ablation and Lateral Bulla Osteotomy, possibly on both ears, which is basically the removal of the inner ear canal. I know this surgery is quite common in the Spaniel breed, but just wondered if anybody has had to have this on their Frenchie, and how did it all go. I have heard that as well as facial paralysis after surgery they can be prone to abscesses. I am very nervous about having the surgery but also want her to be comfortable and free from infections

    1. April 2, 2019 Will Blunt

      Hey Clare,

      That’s so sad 🙁 I’m sorry to hear your pup is having so many ear problems.

      I don’t have any direct experience with this kind of surgery but perhaps someone else in the community can help…

      Good luck.

      1. May 24, 2019 Michele

        Hi Claire, I recently read about a dog with a similar situation as your Frenchie. The dog constantly scratched his ears , causing scar tissue to form. The veterinarian had prescribed multiple rounds of antibiotics but the ears infection always returned. The pet owner switched her dogs food to a simple/minimal ingredient dog food and the ear infection went away. It turns out it was a food allergy. Try allergy testing or switch to holistic dog food. Hope this helps!

        1. May 24, 2019 Will Blunt

          Thanks for sharing Michele!!

      2. June 30, 2019 Lauren

        Hi Clare – my frenchie is going through the exact same thing, he actually had the TECA surgery on his right ear just yesterday. Did you decide to proceed with the surgery? Happy to answer any questions you might have. I can’t find much information online about this surgery done specifically on frenchies.

  5. April 16, 2019 Danyelle

    Just got my new best friend max. Was born Jan 6. His ears are still down but in the pics before I adopted him they were up. I understand he may be teething but he has a lot of teeth. I just feel bad leaving tape on his ears he’s constantly scratching. Not to mention a runny nose but dry white nose as well?

  6. April 21, 2019 Jeannine Cannata

    I have a boxer. In the future I’d like to get a French Bulldog. I was wonder if there is a way to keep the ears down, like the boxer.

    1. May 10, 2019 Will Blunt

      Hi Jeannine,

      Sorry, this is not something we have experience with.

    2. June 19, 2019 Anika

      Hi there,
      I have a french bulldog, he is 8 months old and his ears are still down. Will they come up on their own or are they possibly going to stay down perminantly? Either way he is adorable

      1. June 21, 2019 Will Blunt

        Hey Anika,

        Frenchie ears may stay down permanently on occasion. At 8 months old, my best guess would be to say that if they haven’t come up yet then they may never come up.

        As you said, both are adorable!


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