Mischievous, intelligent and a ball of fun, French Bulldogs are a breed unlike any other.
‘Frenchies’ as the breed is more affectionately known are friendly dogs that were bred to be companions. A distant cousin to the English Bulldog, these happy go lucky dogs with their distinctive upward pointing bat ears get along well with other dogs and make great pets for first-time pet owners.
Because of these unique ear qualities, new owners often worry whether their French Bulldog’s ears will remain floppy or start to point up. So, let’s answer some questions about your French Bulldog’s ears.
How long does it take for a French Bulldog’s ears to stand up?
There’s no hard or set date in the first few weeks for the breed’s distinctive upward ear pointing to begin. Owners should be aware that they don’t always go up at the same time making the process of watching them develop a strangely interesting and humorous one.
Usually, if their ears appear to be starting an upward trend without help, owners will see signs of this around seven weeks.
What can I do if my dog’s ears don’t stand up?
There are several things that can be done to help a French Bulldog whose ears won’t stand up. If their ears don’t begin to stand on their own after about seven weeks, owners may want to consider giving them a bit of help by taping them.
Tips for taping your French Bulldog’s ears:
- Tape each ear individually with 1.4-inches wide of masking tape.
- Make sure the ear is kept flat while taping to avoid a crinkled looking ear base.
- Orient ears to the top where they would normally stand erect.
- Once in the erect positions of 11 and 1 o’clock, tape a connecting bridge from one ear to the other.
- Leave tape in place for between four to five days, then make a small cut at the base of the tape and gently peel off to remove.
What are some health issues with French Bulldog ears?
Frenchies sometimes pay a cost for their adorable ears, and the most common type of problem is that the breed is prone to ear infections. So, it’s important to clean their ears weekly to avoid nasty problems that can cause your Bulldog pain and distress. Watch for the following signs of infection:
- Excessive and constant head shaking.
- Ears having a yeast type smell.
- Redness and swelling.
- Constant ear scratching.
- Yellow or Brownish discharge coming from the ear.
Foxtail is a weed type can that cause dogs to scratch their ears excessively. Foxtail seeds and husks can become embedded in the flesh of an animal causing distress. Ear infections in French Bulldogs can also be caused by allergies in food, the environment or not cleaning the ears.
How often do you need to clean your French Bulldog’s ears?
French Bulldog ears are prone to build up detritus and debris. Their ears should be cleaned on a weekly or monthly schedule depending on the type your dog currently has. Floppy ears need more cleaning than when they’re fully upright.
Here are the tools needed to clean your dog’s ears:
- Cotton balls.
- Witch hazel or canine ear rinse.
- Unscented baby wipes.
Here are a few facts about how to clean the ear area:
Begin by soaking a cotton ball with your chosen cleaning solution, then lightly swab the exposed ear area.
Be sure to clean the bat-ear part, the inside and outside back of the ear. Be sure to avoid the ear canal because it can damage the eardrum causing pain to the dog. If preferred, carefully squirt cleaning solution into the ear allowing them to shake it out in order to remove deeper debris within the ear canal.
French Bulldogs are in a class by themselves, and there is no better breed than Frenchies to provide their owners with continuous love and affection.
They are a breed with a built-in desire to please. So, for the first weeks make sure to check your Bulldog’s ears for proper growth and cleanliness to prevent potential trouble down the track.
Will is the proud co-owner of Frankie, a Female Brindle French Bulldog, with his wife Michelle. We share our Frenchie experiences with the world to help health-conscious French Bulldog owners who want a happy, healthy, and long-living dog.
17 Replies to “French Bulldog Ears: Your Top 4 Questions Answered (Plus a Few Facts)”
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
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: https://trk.justanswer.com/SHHq
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?
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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…
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!
Thanks for sharing Michele!!
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.
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?
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.
Sorry, this is not something we have experience with.
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
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!