How to make a corgi's ears stand

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How to make a corgi's ears stand
Both Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh corgis have pointed, erect ears. (corgi image by Cindy Haggerty from

There are two breeds of corgi: The Pembroke Welsh and Cardigan Welsh. These small dogs used to be considered two varieties of the same breed but now are recognised by the American Kennel Club as separate breeds. Pembrokes have straighter, shorter bodies than Cardigans, and Pembrokes typically have docked tails, while Cardigans do not. But both breeds have one distinctive feature in common -- pointed, erect ears. Corgis' ears usually stand up on their own in time, but if they do not, owners can train them to do so.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard or moleskin inserts
  • Scissors
  • Liquid cement
  • Surgical tape
  • Adhesive remover (optional)

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  1. 1

    Give a corgi puppy time to "grow" into his ears. Most corgis' ears will stand up by the time they are about 4 months old, but the exact age will vary because puppies, like babies, develop at different rates.

  2. 2

    Cut several lengths of surgical tape, long enough to wrap around your corgi's ear. Cut two moleskin inserts, like those used as padding in shoes, about the same size and shape of your corgi's ears. The moleskin should fit inside the edges of the ear from the tip almost to the ear canal, but not all the way into the canal. You can also use pieces of thin cardboard or some other padding.

  3. 3

    Place a piece of moleskin or cardboard into one of the corgi's ears, leaving a gap so air can get into the ear canal.

  4. 4

    Adhere the moleskin to the ear with liquid cement. Linda Arndt, a professional dog breeder and professor emeritus from Ball State University, recommends TORBOT Liquid Bonding Cement as the only product safe to use for this procedure.

  5. 5

    Wrap the surgical tape loosely around the corgi's ear, holding the moleskin pad in place and the puppy's ear upright. Press the tape lightly to help it adhere.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 on the corgi's other ear. Remove the tape after about one week. By this time, the liquid cement should have worn off, but if not, Arndt recommends using TORBOT TACaway Adhesive Remover.

  7. 7

    Wait a few days to be sure your corgi's ears are going to stay upright. If not, try the procedure again.

Tips and warnings

  • You may need a second person to hold your corgi while you tape its ears.
  • Always use a porous, cloth surgical tape that will come off easily and with minimal pulling of the fur on the corgi's ears.
  • Be careful when working with your corgi's ears. Keep all objects out of the ear canal to avoid injury.
  • Do not pull the surgical tape off too quickly, or you could pull your corgi's hair.

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