Oh My... I get so many questions regarding Miniature Schnauzer ears...
Bristol when she was a pup
Most of the people asking do not plan to have the ear cropped and have strong feelings about Jack Rabbit Ears, Bat Ears, Hound Dog Ears, and the Ears that are correctly set. :) Trust me I understand! The ears can be inherited BUT teething affects the ear-set just as much. When a puppy is between 6 weeks and 6 months, they go through teething. The inflammation in the jaw affects their ears. If you want a puppy with nice flat ears... You can also look at the parents BUT this not a guarantee!! Many breeders still crop the ears in the US. This makes it hard to know what the parents ears are doing and even if both have nice ears, that is no guarantee that their puppies all will too. *By six months old… you will know what type of ear your little cutie will have.
*If you ever plan on trying to show a Mini with uncropped ears, then you want ears like the first or second puppy pictured below. I learned this lesson the hard way as I do not like ear cropping for my Mini's. However, the Bat ears and jack rabbit ears in the last tw pictures -- to cute!
*Hint... feed your puppy a large TB or 2 of Cottage Cheese everyday (up to 6 months old) to help with calcium and this may help the ears lay nice as teething doesn't help the ear position.
Pictured below are three puppies from my litters. These are the type of ears that I have had my past puppies end up with. So far, only one puppy ever had Jack Rabbit ears... I like all Miniature Schnauzers, regardless of their ear set but many people worry about what the ears will do. So far we haven;t had any pups that had one up and one down.
EXAMPLES OF MY PAST LITTERS & WHAT THE EARS LOOK LIKE -- I LOVE EACH ONE NO MATTER WHAT.