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Puppy Ear Cropping: Do I really want cropped ears?

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Summary: Puppy ear cropping is traditional for several breeds such as Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes and Schnauzers. We explain the process.

Puppy Ear Cropping

Puppy ear cropping is removing part of the ear to make it stand up erect. It is illegal in some states and countries. Ear cropping is a very controversial matter because it is strictly a cosmetic procedure. In order for the ear cropping, a puppy must be put under anesthesia while the edges of the ears are cut off and stitched. A splint is then inserted into the puppy’s ear and what is left of the ear is taped to the splint making the ear stand up erect. Splinting may be required for weeks or even a few months. Splints are changed regularly for cleanliness.

Ear cropping is traditional for several breeds such as Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes and Schnauzers. In different countries including Great Britain the practice of ear cropping has been banned and is illegal. If you choose to have your puppy’s ears cropped, take the time to find an experienced veterinarian who comes with high recommendations. You may also ask to see pictures or visit some of the dogs he has cropped.

You must realize that your puppy will be uncomfortable for a time. You must make the decision if the look of erect ears, is worth the time, pain and money.

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