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American Pit Bull Debate

Should Ear Cropping Be Performed On Dogs?

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?

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Reply amb3r
1:28 PM on January 14, 2011 
I don't see a problem with it. I have one dog with natural ears and with cropped. I didnt have his ears done, they were done when I got him but I think they look great. I will say they get dirtier a lot easier than natural ears but theyre easier to clean at the same time. Let's just put it this way, boxers look ok with their natural ears, some pit bulls look better with natural some look better cropped, but a doberman just doesn't look like a doberman with natural ears. So I'm either on this.
Reply Deb
9:25 PM on May 18, 2011 
I didn't crop my dogs ears at first. Unfortunately, they stood at full prick. We waited and waited for them to come down but they just didn't. I went out to several breeders sites locally and looked at all their dogs and the crops and then asked for a recommendation from the breeder that I thought "had everything right". I got an awesome ear crop, and a great vet that told me what to expect. Because we waited until Taz was 5 months old, (the vet wouldn't have done it if we waited later), we didn't have to go through all the taping. He came home with a collar,. Pics are on FB. He has awesome ears and I've not had any problems with them. The Pit we had before did not have an ear crop but his ears laid perfectly. Taz's uncropped ears took away from who he was. And, he is a member of the family, yes it was cosmetic but for a good cause.
Reply conserned peron
8:06 AM on February 20, 2014 
the only reason to crop the ears is if you are going to fight the dog it is cruel and in humane . Has noting to do with ear infections pinpointing sounds only makes the dog look more aggressive . Vet tech.

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