|Posted by LEE BOOTH on January 13, 2011 at 12:42 PM|
There is some controversy about this procedure because it is viewed as an unnecessary surgery with no medical benefits and is for cosmetic purposes only. Veterinarians in Britain do not perform this surgery at all and the procedure is not taught in many Veterinary teaching institutions in the U.S.The Association of Veterinary Medicine, has recently made a statement regarding cosmetic ear cropping, saying that ultimately they would like to see this type of cosmetic procedure discontinued.
Breeders argue that ear docking gives dogs a more alert appearance and aids dogs in pinpointing the origin of sounds. They also claim ear cropping makes dogs less prone to ear infections of the ear canal. They also feel a cropped ear is cleaner and easier to maintain.It also has been suggested that ear cropping produces an alert expression in dogs used for security or guard work and may contribute to the distinctive appearance of a pedigree breed.
Booth Kennels think whatever you decide, be comfortable with your decision... neither argument is Right" or "Wrong". If you want to crop, and are prepared for the aftercare,
then go for it, but make sure you ask your breeder to refer you to an well experienced vet.
So what is your opinion on Ear Cropping?