Doberman Ear cropping is it necessary?
Cropped ears may be impressive but are they really necessary?
The reason for cropping a Doberman's ears is strictly cosmetic, there are really no medical benefits. The practice therefore can be considered the equivalent of cosmetic surgery for humans, only that it is tended to canines. The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) has for some time considered the practice of ear cropping medically unnecessary and therefore has opposed to its practice. It has asked practicing veterinarians to warn clients considering this practice, about the potential risks of anesthesia, blood loss, infections and complications.
Stepping back into history, the Doberman breed had its ears initially cropped in order to prevent an attacker to have '' a handle'' to grip onto. Later, the ear crop was believed to allow Dobermans as guard dogs to ''hear better'' and therefore, accomplish their guarding job in a more effective matter.
There are some people that claim that ear cropping prevents ear infections because it allows ears to have a better airflow. This can be true in some circumstances, since floppy ears tend to trap moisture and therefore bacteria, more effectively. However, ear cropping for this purpose only would be a bit extreme. After all, dogs with cropped ears are not entirely immune from ear infections as they may get their fair share of yeast and bacterial infections.
Currently, the AKC allows uncropped ears in the show ring. However, most Doberman show dogs present cropped ears because they want to adhere to the ''breed standard''.
But one should question objectively really what is a breed standard? Shouldn't it be the way a dog is born the end result of genes? If nature programmed a dog to have floppy ears isn't this the real breed standard? This is surely something to give a thought.
More and more countries have banned the practice, considering it ''barbaric and unecessary''.Yet, in the States it is still legal and practiced by many breeders or owners that want to show their dogs.
The main fact dog cropping is still alive today is because Dobermans maintain the ''fierce'' look they were meant to have as guard dogs protecting properties. But today? With more and more stereotyping of vicious dog breeds and breed specific legislations to be passed? Is it really worth it?
Ear cropping in Dobermans is done when the puppy is between 7-9 weeks of age. Waiting too long greatly increases the chances of the ears being unable to stand up.
It is more and more difficult to find veterinarians that will crop ears nowadays. Perhaps this is due to public awareness as more and more veterinarians oppose to it is because they consider the practice unnecessary and painful. Responsible owners therefore thinking about cropping their Dobie's ears should carefully evaluate the pros and cons and ultimately make a wise choice keeping their dog's best interest in mind.
Beautiful doberman with natural ears
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