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Hi,

I'm mostly asking this question because my MIL won't stop asking about it. My poodle is 32 weeks now, and she has at-home COVID haircut because we are on a stay-at-home order for now. So her haircut is not the best, but nevertheless..

My MIL won't stop bugging me about why her ear hair isn't long like traditional poodles have. I would like to grow it out, but it seems to not really grow very much and it is quite scraggly. My MIL won't stop commenting on it and basically assumes it will be like this forever and that it's scraggly:

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Her adult hair is coming in on her back and the top of her head, but her legs and especially her butt are still very fine/thin,as well her ear hair i guess? Is this still going to change into adult hair? The ringlets on the top of her hair changed very early (around 24 weeks)

Is my MIL right? Will the ear hair just not grow in full?

Here is another pic:
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Here is an example of what I mean by "long" ear hair, I guess:
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Is this based on ear flap length? Or is it hair and how the hair grows (i.e. hair genetics)? Her ears are on the smaller side! Last pic is Kara's mom for reference, she has those long ear hairs my MIL keeps bugging me about

Will the ear hair keep growing? Is this the "puppy uglies" (I know pomeranians and yorkies go through awkward phases when they are puppies)

Thanks in advance!
 

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Probably puppy uglies, her adult hair is coming in, and its not curling and becoming fluffy. You'll just have to wait for it to grow

Do you brush her daily? I think with some gel and brushing you could get it to lay flat and not so.. everywhere.
 

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I'm not familiar with what puppy uglies are, but it sounds similar to our story. Basil's adult coat came in sections.. like some parts more whispy then others before deciding to go short to start with a clean canvas around that 8 month mark. Setting aside all snarky comments, I would just leave it at "we're just going to have to wait and find out".

and then I would shave the ears down out of spite.
 

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It takes about 1 year to get long hair on the ears like on your photos. Give your puppy time. Also, hair quality has a lot to do with genetics, so it also depends on how well bred the parents were. Look at your breeder’s dogs and you should get your answer.
 

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It takes time, careful shaping, and yes, genetics, to get those nice, full ears. They’re also horribly prone to matting, which isn’t fun during coat change. Here’s Peggy around the same age, right before we had to cut them off and start fresh:

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What sort of grooming have you been doing? Do you brush her regularly? Depending on your tools and methods (e.g. if you’re brushing dry), you could be breaking the hair.

I highly recommend this book, especially during covid: Poodle Clipping and Grooming: The International Reference: Kalstone, Shirlee: 9781630260279: Amazon.com: Books
 

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One more thing is that if the ears get into food and water often the dog will chew at the bottoms of the ear feathers. When Lily ate kibble only she had nice ear feathers. Once he started eating home cooked wet food she chewed the ends off. I could fix it by having her wear a snood while eating, but she hates doing so and often won't eat with snood. In the eternal scheme of things it is more important to me that she eats well than that she has flowing ear feathers.
 

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Oops double post.
 

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There is a range in poodle ears I've found. Apple's ears are very densly hairy and she has pretty thick ear leathers. She is 23 weeks old and here is a current picture. We've done some small trims to her ear length. All of her coat is still very puppyish.

Another poodle of a similar age in our puppy class has much whispier ear fluff and thinner ear leathers. I think it just really varies and it must depend on the parents.
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Having two puppies at the same time, well 27 weeks apart, had them pulling on each others ears, leading to some straggly looking ear hair.
32 weeks is coat change time, that in between time results in the puppy uglies or between puppy fluff and an adult coat.
I was always asked why my poodle's hair was wavy?
Poodle hair grows continously
All the pictures of the poodles with long ears you posted are adults
 

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I don't think you can answer what her ears will ultimately look like (and does it really matter?) She's still young and has so much changing yet to do. I agree with, "we'll just have to wait and see." Keep these cute pictures and in a year or so you'll look back and not recognize your pup. 😊❤
 

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Sharing my boy Remo, going thru coat change at about 30 weeks.

This was taken mid December 2017 (days before his first full big boy groom. finally!)
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Early August 2018 Now 1yr 3m
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As the hair keeps growing, and with periodic trims, the ears will be longer and more even, looking more like a human head of hair. The fullness just depends on what your pup inherited :).
 

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Sharing my boy Remo, going thru coat change at about 30 weeks.

This was taken mid December 2017 (days before his first full big boy groom. finally!)
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Early August 2018 Now 1yr 3m
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As the hair keeps growing, and with periodic trims, the ears will be longer and more even, looking more like a human head of hair. The fullness just depends on what your pup inherited :).
This is a relief! Remo's ears looks perfect to me. I guess the coat isn't done changing at 30 weeks lol
 
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