First, the ears, on the top of the head, should not be touching in the middle. Forcing them to
touch creates and unwanted crease in the ear leather which will tilt the ears out
so I would say in the young puppy, 1/2 inch gap is appropriate and as they
grow that gap will probably increase to an inch or more.
Second, all ears are not created equally. It is not the actual ear, it
is the ear hole and where it is situated on the head. If you have a ear
hole set high, the ears will be closer together and set higher on the head
and the reverse is also true, if the ear holes are set lower, there will
be more space between the ears.
I have found that the break in the ear should be set with the tape at
the half way mark because when you take out the tape, the ears will
lift up a trifle making the break in the ear a 3/4 break.
That being said, do not over compensate too much as this could result in
low breaking ears known as "hound" ears. Also, make very sure that when
you tape the ear down with the double-sided tape, (the final step in the
bracing instructions) that the tip of the ear is pointing straight down
towards the hole in the ear thereby avoiding the dreaded "potato chip
The ears are set when the adult teeth are all the way grown in, at
about 6 months. You can still try to correct an ear set up to a year
or more. I would say at 2 years, what you see is what you've got.
FYI: This is also a good time to make sure all the baby teeth have
Correcting Low Breaking Ears
If you end up with a low breaking ear or one lower
than the other, the best way to correct this is to use squares of tape
inside the ear. Use the tape to flatten the inside of the ear then look
back to see if the ear has lifted. If it is not lifted to your
satisfaction, place an additional square piece of tape a trifle higher
than the last. Keep looking back and adding squares until the ear is
lifted and where you want it to be as a completed adult ear set. Do not
over compensate at this time. This is a final touch.