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Plastic Surgery For Dogs: Dog Ear Crop and Tail Dock

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Whitney has over 10 years of experience in dog training, rescuing, and healthcare.

Stylize Your Dog

No, I'm not speaking in terms of doggy clothes and accessories. No bling- bling collars or jeweled leashes. I'm thinking more in terms of plastic surgery for dogs. It's not necessarily a new thing, a new trend, a new style. Dog's don't care what they look like, but people do...

Basically, those interested in ear cropping and tail docking procedures are not looking out for anything but their own ego and how they appear walking the dog that is missing at least 2/3 of his ears. Dogs are not accessories; dogs are not pawns in the human game; dogs are man's best friend...

Would you have your best friend's ears cut off just because you think he'd look better? Now, ok, that's really a different situation, but you get my meaning.

Where in most countries, it has become illegal to dock a puppy's tail or crop his ears, that's no the case in all countries. It's time to become illegal in all countries...

Dogs don't know style. Dogs know, or at least need to know, love, care, and kindness.

Ear Cropping

How Does Ear Cropping Work?

  • Puppies between the age of 7 to 12 weeks old, are the best candidate for the procedure- think about that. You're putting this small pup under general anesthesia, which poses a risk for any dog, especially puppies.
  • The veterinarian gently cuts away on average 2/3 of the puppy's ears, this includes all the nerve endings and acupuncture zones within the ear.
  • The opened ears are closed with stitches from the bottom up.
  • Once the wound heals and the stitches are removed, the puppy isn't done yet. He has to go through months of ear taping, which even to me just looks uncomfortable.

In some ear cropping cases, the ears still don't stand properly, which means another surgery for your puppy. Many Great Danes pose this concern. And, think about it, the older the puppy, the longer it will take to heal. If you choose not re- crop the ear, then he's stuck looking uglier than he ever looked. So, you just may not get the same ego boost with a dog with a goofy ear.

Many people claim that ear cropping doesn't cause the pup any pain, but think about it, when you go into surgery, get cut open, and wake back up, you usually feel some kind of pain. Some people say, "I had my dog's ears cropped when he was a puppy he never showed signs of pain." Well, to that I have to say:

  1. Just because the puppy didn't show any signs of pain, doesn't mean he wasn't in any. Some dog breeds are able to hold their pain and illness better than others.
  2. When the pup hit his head or ear on something when playing or accidentally scratches it because, face it, healing wounds itch, and he yelped... He was in pain.
  3. YOU PUT A SMALL PUPPY UNDER ANESTHESIA AND CUT OFF HIS EARS! HE WAS IN PAIN!

There is absolutely no medical benefit for cropping any dog's ears. There's just no proof that cropping dog's ears reduce the risk for ear infection. It's you, the owner's, responsibility to clean the dog's ears from debri. It's just not a quick fix to irresponsibility to cut them off; you still have to clean his ears.

Many dog breeders believe that certain breeds have to have their ears cropped to be successful in the show ring. Well, the ears have absolutely no determination as to whether the dog wins or losses. He will have the same, equal chance, as any other dog. Natural- eared dogs can and do with best in show competitions.

And, lastly, when you crop your dog's ears, you inhibit communication with other dogs. Body language is the key to dog communication, and when you remove 2/3 of the dogs ears, you remove valuable communication skills.

Wait, one more thing. When you remove a dog's ears, he may have phantom scars and wounds for the rest of his lift, which can result in behavioral problems. Ever heard of phantom limbs? It works the same way.

Dog Ear Cropping

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Tail Docking

How Tail Docking Works?

  • All the hair on the tail is shaved so to properly sterilize the tail.
  • A tourniquet is applied to stop the bleeding.
  • A clamp is placed on the desired length of the tail, which is usually determined by breed.
  • A scalpel is used to cut off the rest of the tail.
  • Stitches are put in place to prevent the wound from opening, and the tail is bandaged.

A puppy's tail is generally docked when he's only a few days old. Many breeders prefer to dock their own puppies' tails, but this is unsafe and unsanitary, so professional veterinarians should perform the procedure, if you must have it done.

Although, there is more debate about tail docking than ear cropping, personally, I find no real excuse for it.

Working dogs and hunting dogs that are true workers and not just in the category, may actually benefit from the procedure, as when running through the brush which chasing or flushing out game, it can prevent injury to the dog. But, there's no reason to remove the entire tail.

Like a dog's ears, his tail is very important for communication with other dogs. He needs his tail to show pleasure, fear, friendliness, dominance, playfulness, defensiveness, inquisitiveness, aggression, nervousness, and submissiveness.

Docking Young Puppies' Tails

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Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed veterinarian. If you have any questions or concerns, you should consult a veterinarian.

 

What do you think?

Stupid people are annoying on March 20, 2015:

Dear dumbass writer. This is all I have to say get your facts straight before you become a critic about what is best for the dog. Have you ever owned a doberman, dane, boxer etc. I doubt you have. I have and will continue to own dobes and make sure they are cropped and docked. The real cruelty is floppy ears. They rip, snap, get torn up in play, and cause a great deal of health problems for the dogs that are unfornate to have this curse. Not only that but many of these dogs need their tails docked due to insufficient muscles, and bones meaning they can break much easier. What would you rather do? Remove the tail before it becomes a broken tail ? or Risk it.

Btw any doberman owner will tell you that the puppy doesnt seem to mind it at all. I know this is a fact mine sit perfectly for cleanings then go about there day. Nothing has ever changed in dog after.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on June 30, 2013:

I wrote a very long comment, which I then tried to edit only to have it "freeze up" in the edit box, so I lost it. I can't recall everything I wrote so I'll write a shorter version.

The vet confirmed that the reason my dog has "worried" at the end of her docked tail ever since I got her as a puppy is due to the "phantom pain" similar to that described by human amputees. Research has proven that dogs have a similar pain threshold as humans; therefore, when they sustain similar injuries or surgical procedures, they do feel similar pain.

My late stepfather was an amputee late in his life, and he described both the physical and psychological misery of the phantom pain he felt. Knowing that dogs can feel that same phantom pain makes me angry that my dog's breeder chopped off her tail for no other reason than to alter her appearance, with no thought to how it might affect her. Anyone who agrees with tail docking (or ear cropping) for cosmetic reasons alone cannot honestly claim to love dogs.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on June 30, 2013:

My dog is an eight-year-old miniature schnauzer whose tail was docked by the breeder, but her ears were left floppy. Her ears stand out from her head except for the ends which curve down a bit, so she's not been prone to ear infections. Also, she's never had jaunts through wooded areas so hasn't sustained any injury that might occur from running through underbrush.

However, even as a puppy she "worried" at the end of her little stub of a tail, as though it were bothering her in some way. After she was a few years old, it felt as though a tiny piece of bone or gristle was at the tip just under the skin, so I thought that might be what was causing her to nip at the end of her docked tail.

I wondered, though, if dogs with docked tails could possibly feel "phantom pain", such as that experienced and described by human amputees. I finally asked the vet if that could be the case, and she said it is. She hates docking tails, but does so with anesthesia so that breeders won't do it themselves with nothing to prevent pain to the puppy. She wishes the practice would be outlawed in the USA.

I did some research and found veterinary research that determined the

similarity between the human and canine nervous systems. This means that dogs will suffer pain of similar intensity to that of humans if they sustain a similar injury or undergo a similar surgical procedure. "The pain threshold has been determined to be approximately equal in humans and animals (Fleeman 1995). " This study disproved the old myth that animals don't feel pain as humans do.

This research also confirmed that 90% of human amputees suffer pathological pain in the form of phantom limb pain, and dogs with docked tails may similarly suffer phantom limb pain. That pain may go undiagnosed if their inherent stoicism masks the symptoms.

I would never purposely have the tail of a dog docked now that I'm aware it can cause phantom pain, which I fully believe my dog experiences every day of her life. It makes me angry that the breeder chopped off her tail as a cosmetic procedure with no thought to how it would affect the dog.

My late stepfather was an amputee late in his life, and he told me about the severity of the phantom pain he suffered and the psychological misery it caused him. I would not wish that on anyone--human or canine. Anyone who would cause that to a dog for no reason other than cosmetic appearance cannot honestly claim to love dogs.

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Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 29, 2012:

I just want to refute a serious error in your article and also in the propaganda put out by anti-ear cropping people. There are medical benefits to ear cropping. I have had many floppy ear dogs presented for ear infections and aural hematomas but never had problems with dogs with cropped ears. My own dog bathes in the ocean every day and I have cropped her ears so that they will stay open.

Ear cropping should not be illegal everywhere, only in those countries where people don't understand dogs

Quin on May 22, 2012:

How can people say this is bad and unhumane its just like a baby getting his foreskin snipped or getting there inbilicule cord Cutt so shut up and stop bitching

Shaddie from Washington state on May 09, 2012:

Canines in the wild do not have floppy ears. If you want to talk about cruelty, consider the fact that we humans have willingly bred these animals to have folded, limp ears that promote humid environments within the ear canal, and in severe cases, depending on the breed, can even inhibit hearing. This, in and of itself, is an UNNATURAL occurrence in the wild. I am a firm supporter of ear cropping in Dobermans, not only because it is the historical look that their creator, Dobermann, intended out of the breed, but also because it actually does create less of a chance for ear infection and mechanical injury during close contact (playing, possibly fighting, etc).

I also agree with docking. In part for the history behind the appearance, but more so because a docked tail is more efficient in close, frantic quarters and is extremely beneficial to a working or high performance animal. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to break up fights at dog parks or dog kennels where a quick removal and speedy segregation is impeded because the dang tail of the stupid dog gets slammed in the door of the room that we are trying to close off. Tail injuries are extremely painful for all dogs, and understandably this is not ideal. I have personally witnessed the safety of docked tails in the field and in busy indoor practices, and I fully support any veterinarian that performs this procedure safely.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on February 20, 2012:

This is a very informative hub. The decision rests with the dog lovers, but I guess my decision is already made :-)

Jared on February 02, 2012:

Just seems like there is so much else to worry oneself about in this world. For example, male and especially female circumcision. To me, this is far worse a custom, yet it is still done routinely even in modernized countries such as the US.

macho on January 12, 2012:

Ya need to learn to mind ur business for real is it ur dog??? Then mind ur own..

Zellner on December 25, 2011:

Cropping a dog bred specifically for guarding a home and family is necessary. Ask yourself this...If you were you be an intruder and you walk in and see the doberman pictured uncropped what would you do? Now ask yourself the same question and imagine the ears tightly cropped. You see intimidation is half the battle. Uncropped the dog has the attack to show its not a harmless hound dog and it has more exposed weak areas to get ahold of. Most the time the dog with the crop scares people off with just the raise of the upper lip. not to mention if he actually did have to attack everything on his body is tight, out of the way, and unable to grasp.

hubber088 from Baltimore, MD on December 17, 2011:

Let dogs be dogs. No unnecessary plastic surgery!

Chris from Illinois on August 08, 2011:

I certainly understand why working dogs might need docking to keep them from getting injured. But for most people and dogs nowadays, docking is pure vanity.

Chris from Illinois on August 03, 2011:

As a forever home for rescued rottweilers, we have had two with beautiful rottie natural tails. I can't imagine putting a dog through such pain. And the American Veterinary Assoc. has done an informational vote to ban the practice, but many still do it. Maybe they should be charged with animal cruelty.

Meg on May 17, 2011:

I grew up with Great Danes and they all had their ears cropped. When I got "my" first dane I did not crop her ears because I loved them floppy. She had beautiful ears. Three years later I got a male and DID crop his ears. My Dane with floppy ears broke both ears by shaking her head. She hit them on something and both of them bled for weeks and I could not touch them for 5 months without her growling at me (which she NEVER did before). She was in so much pain. Now which is worse? My puppy did great with his ear crop. I'm sure it hurt, but the day after surgery he was playing like normal and never acted like he was in pain like my 3 yr old dane did for over 5 months every day! I'm for choice... its up to the owner... people judge too much with out knowing what they are talking about! There are a lot of surgeries humans do that are not "necessary" to themselves or infant son.

Ham on April 13, 2011:

I don't care what yall say about not cropping a puppy's ear, i agree about NOT docking the tail but why is not okay to crop his ears its not like it's a MAJOR surgery for him, people whos agaisnt it have very sensitive feelings about that and some are ok with it. Dogs and puppies hurt themselves anyway when playing, running, fighting with each other. By the way i have 2 dogs male and female and their 7 puppies i also have feelings for them and i love them so much i don't want anyting to happen to them, but cropping my pups ears is not a big deal.

Amstaff Baby on February 08, 2011:

I had a rottweiler half my life ago and his tail was docked before I even got him. They put a rubber band around it until it fell off. I am SURE that hurt!! THAT is cruel! I had a red dobie and he was all natural with ears and a tail. No one even EVER guess what he was. Hilarious. He was a big lap dog. Decades later...I just got an Amstaff from a reputable breeder with CH all the way back to the 30's. Every one of them have their ears cropped. Mine was the only one in the litter not done, by request. I told them I'd do it here in another state. One of the pups DIED during anesthesia and was to go to a man who was going to show him. I have found out you do NOT have to have their ears done to show them. I personally like the look of their ears cropped but I just can't do it!!! He looks cute as a pup with floppy ears and I believe he is more approachable with soft floppy pup ears. He is in puppy training and then on to get his CGC and on to therapy training. I don't think it is wise to take an AMSTAFF into a nursing home or whatever looking mean. This breed already gets way too much negative press. I am not sure about everyone talking about the pain as the pups are put under for sedation and given pain killers at my local vet....laser is different. The old way of stitches and tape looks cruel to me. Anyway....this is a great post. Thanks for ALL the comments except Darrel who should keep his penis to himself.

FFS on February 06, 2011:

I cannot help but stick my beak in. It is a cruel and unnecessary process. Think about it...Would you bring your newborn child home from the hospital and think to yourself...hmm let's mutilate the little bugger, it might help him/her win a few competions later on in life. Cut and muscular...or deformed and unnatural. I fail to see why anyone would choose to derange nature.

Gina on January 23, 2011:

OMG! Did you watch the videao where they cropped that puppy's tail??? That is so cruel. The puppy obviously feels great pain, and is very distressed. And then the cow twists the tail she partially cut until it breaks off. Poor puppy is squirming, and crying out. That is so terrible, she should have her fingers taken off in the exact same manner. People are so cruel to animals. Stupid, shallow people. Burn in hell you animal torturers.

info**queen on December 30, 2010:

This is obviously a debate that will will never have a definite answer. Everone on here makes great points, but the bottom line is: it's all opinions! If the law changes to make cropping/docking illegal, people will say it's a violation of civil liberties. EVERYONE has the right to make their OWN choices. If it stays legal, we will have never ending debates just like this one.

I am a dog lover. I grew up with German sheperds in ALL colors. I have owned a miniature pinscher who had a natural tail and ears. He was too old to dock or crop when I got him. Personally I feel it's a personal choice as to dock or crop your dog. As long as it's humane. The way you portrayed the cropping and docking process is bad. Of course being against it you wild find the worst way to portray it.

Not that it meant anything to me, but a complete STRANGER argued with me for about 20 minutes about my min pin. She told me that bc he had a natural tail and ears he was a Manchester terrier, and could not be a min pin. THOSE are the ignorant people you should he arguing with. I know my breed of dog and it's my choice to crop or dock. Not yours. If you want to write subjective pieces, keep it subjective! Don't try to implant your ideas into others heads. That's what's wrong with the world today. My min pin was happy with natural ears and tails and my new baby, a boxer, is happy with her docked tail and natural ears.

Shadoe&Katie on December 26, 2010:

ok we have had a pitbull and we did not like ear cropping as well because our friend had one of the brother pups of the litter and cropped his ears. but after seeing my dog go through years of pain from his ears sometimes i think that i should have got his ears cropped . i don't believe in it but sometimes i think it is nessisary. my dog went through a lot of unnessisary pain for years when he could have went through only months. i would have taken that back if i could . but whenever i would take him to the vet the only thing he could ever find wrong was a yeist infection. but no matter what it would come back the next day and no cream they would prescribe us for him would work.so in that i think its nessisary

Julia on December 10, 2010:

Hi, i have to say my input in this. I raise and breed and train Australian Shepherds. I have had dogs come to me as rescues with their tails, and while working with the sheep, they often have their tails broken, and have to go in and have them removed. I have had full litters with tails, and full litters without tails. Which is natural, but i always have all of my litters spoken for before birth, and before they are 24 hours old, it is decided which ones are working dogs, and which ones are family pets. If they go with a family, they leave with their tail, if they go to a farm they leave without their tail. It has always been like this, as it is safer for the dog. And farm dogs have protect their yard, land, and stock. So when another dog comes into their yard, they have to get that dog off the property, so they fight. In not having the tail, they have less chance of getting caught. But when they are with a family, then yes, they should have their tail to wag, and be happy, and show it. My own personal dog, that goes everywhere with me, was born with a naturally docked tail. And to be honest, she wiggles her bum so much that it is easy to see when she's happy.

I do have a request though, that you debate the subject of "lethal white" or "double merle" dogs. They are the consequence of breeding two merle dogs together, and end up being blind, deaf, or both.

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks

Dracqla666 on November 28, 2010:

Would you still be mad, if it had to be done? My dog kaiba is amazing, but has trouble with dealing with her hyper tensions. she gets so excited, i can deal with the barking, jumping, running and smuggling. But its the whacking, smacking and slapping of her overactive tail thats gets me and everyone else around her. I know she can't help it, but it's beginning to alienate everyone around her and me. some of my friends don't even want to get close to her. The worst part is she's around little kids most of the time and they don't know about her whirling tail of death. So long story short, she makes them cry and now their afraid to be around her. So i started to think of getting it docked, but not so sure about it. It's like i'm going to be taking her trade mark away. She's know for that tail, but it would make everything better for everyone else. she would be able to be around everyone without hurting anyone and i'm also a little scared of her breaking it on something. So yeah just message me later.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on October 25, 2010:

The dog probably is mixed with a pointer, as I've seen this before with a litter of lab/pointer mixes all with different tail lengths.

No, there's nothing you can do. If you aren't happy with the tail length, then maybe you shouldn't have adopted that particular dog.

I do not suggest adopting a dog with the hope that you can fix cosmetic flaws.

Foyne on October 24, 2010:

I just got a rescued lab and she only has half her tail. Is there any sort of operation or way to recreate the other half of her tail?

Juggs on October 21, 2010:

I believe that if we ban ear cropping and docking, that it should be illegal for a woman to have a boob job or a face lift. It's only cosmetic. They must really be vain.

DEANO on October 19, 2010:

I live in the Uk where ear cropping has been illegal for years and quite rightly so. Why would anyone want to make a naturally beautiful animal look like a reject from star trek. not to mention the fact that it is cruel. Ear infections are just an excuse it was originally done for fighting dogs so they didn't get their ears ripped so why in this day and age is there any need

Pam on October 16, 2010:

I am looking to get my APBT ears cropped. not because i think he will looked better. when i got him i never wanted to get his ears cropped, but he gets really bad ear infections that cause him pain and discomfort. I understand that when they do it it will be painful for a little while, but im sure he would agree with the after affects later. This poor guy cant sleep well because of his ear itching, and has to stop every 10 minutes while playing to scratch them. at least every 3 days we have to pin him down and pour ear clenser down his ears just to keep the itching to a minimum. do i think he will look meaner with them, personaly no, but i am sure that more people will be afraid of him after. so maybe you should make sure you know the reason a person got their dogs ears cropped before you get on your soap box and tell people they are being cruel to their animals.

Ellie on September 29, 2010:

Well written article, but I have to disagree.

Michelle on September 24, 2010:

I am a breeder of boxers, and i do understand that you think tail docking an ear cropping is crule. We do tails before any nerve endings so its the first or secondd day they are born. I raise show dogs, and yes my dogs ear are cropped and tails are docked, and id do it again. My dogs have no problems, and even the day the pup gets ears cropped they play and jump around.

BellaWeims on July 31, 2010:

I am totally opposed to unnessecary ear cropping, unless other reason if it is for health concerns. But I am all for puppy dewclaws, they are useless, and cause a lot mor pain when they are older, if they rip or tear from playing and being stupid in a field or park. No matter how many times I see these dogs come through the clinic with them ripped, it is a lot more painful when it is to be removed when they are older then 3 day old puppies, same goes with tails. Especially, the sporting dogs, with the long whippy tails, they break or tear. I can do without tail docking, but Dewclaws is a must on all breed of dogs. Besides, my veterinarian freeze's the area prior to docking and removing the tail/declaw. So, the puppy does not feel it, if this is a common practice it is more humane. It is still the owners choice, freedom of rights, it is the same as a parent circumsing there child, it is also causing pain, but that is a whole other issue I will not get into. I know there is a ban in Europe, but they went at it the wrong way. If it is done correct and humanely it should be fine. There should be regulations set by CKC, that breeders cannot do themselves and only vets can them.

VivekSri on July 09, 2010:

It's fascinating that the innocent looking things get a canvas for customization and you've done a good help here. Cool reading thing.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on June 25, 2010:

There are a few countries who ban cropping and docking. All pets are left natural by law.

Onlooker on June 25, 2010:

in the us if they banned docking and cropping, it would be a violation of peoples rights, go figure. As for the ear infection issue, it is actually allergies and environment, a dog with allergies will have more itchiness in the ears, resulting in trauma from the scratching. Living in humid areas will also cause it, with or with out the ears cropped the air circulation is not affected because the dogs ear canal goes down before it goes in. I believe any thing done or not done to a dog should be the owners choice. Because no matter what anyone does, says or illegalizes, agreement among all is impossible. Not to say it should or should not be done, I think this energy is better spent on other things such as the horrors of the fur industry and the atrocities committed against the animals we eat. If we are going to eat them then they deserve to live what life they have in comfort and dignity as a show of gratitude for what they provide for us. Maybe once we get all that other squared away then worry about this issue. Sorry if i offend with my opinions.

Shelby on June 08, 2010:

While I am against any cosmetic surgery to an animal that would cause it pain, I find some of the comments on this site to be a bit ridiculous. Docking a dog's tail at a young age is NOT akin to cutting off a finger, like Melissa has claimed. People who are ignorant of the actual process of either docking or cropping should REALLY keep their mouths shut, as they do not contribute actual facts or help to the conversation and come off sounding incredibly ignorant. In my humble opinion, cutting a dog's ears is not natural and unnecessary in today's society, but I'm not going to froth at the mouth and accuse every single person who has had this procedure on their animal of abuse or cruelty. As for tail-docking, I think that some breeds (especially working dogs or hunters) benefit better from not having a tail. Docking a dog's tail should not be demonized when it is overall helpful and not very painful to the animal.

Whitney, I find your post written excellently, if not a bit biased, and I respect your opinion as I hope you do mine. I wish all people could be a bit more open minded and conduct themselves as professionally as they should.

Doberman Owner on May 11, 2010:

Actually there is a reason to crop certain dogs ears, such as dobermans. If they are going to be used as guard dogs, or even if they aren't they have the natural instinct, cropped ears makes it harder for an intruder to grab the dogs ears to pull it off of them.

codi on April 27, 2010:

People dock tails for safety reasons in some breeds. I have brittany spainial puppies. we docked their tails so when they are in the field there tail does not get caught on fences trees or brush and ultimaly get ripped of. yes i have seen it happen to a dog whos tail was not docked. it is very humane and actually safer

Jennifer on February 19, 2010:

I completely agree with Lacy. People are able to have their own options on if they want their dog cropped or docked. Its all cosmetic, are you going to yell at mothers when they take their 3 mo old baby girl to go in and get their ears pierced? No. I know we are not cutting off the babies ears but they cry just as much or how about circumcising men.Cropping ears and docking tails is cosmetic. There is no doubt about this. However it is a personal decision and those who have it done should not be shunned for it. My Dane will have his ears cropped, not only does it look better (in my opinion) but that is how they look in the show rink. Folks have been cropping, or shortening, their dogs' ears for thousands of years. In fact, most historians agree that it probably started in ancient Rome. It was very popular in the rest of Europe, too, at least for certain breeds.Ear-cropping used to be a requirement for some dog breeds because it was part of that breed's description standards. Breeds including, but not limited to, Boxers, Dobermans, Great Danes, and Schnauzers often had cropped ears in an effort to gain recognition among other dogs in their same breed class. Ear-cropping was preferred because it allowed working, hunting, and fighting dogs the advantage of not having their ears ripped or torn while on duty.Anyone considering having their dog's ears cropped should carefully review the potential medical complications and should plan to give absolute dedication to the follow-up care. Repeated veterinary visits are required not only for basic healing status, but also for the unplanned appointments that are necessary to fix ears that come out of the mold. A veterinary professional should be consulted and booked to perform any and all pet alterations since the use of anesthesia is required. Not all veterinarians perform the procedure, and among those who do, few consider it a form of art. In some instances, the resulting ear shape and stance may not be satisfactory. This is unfortunate because a lot of time and pain have been sacrificed, resulting in irreversible and irreparable damage

Its a personal choice. People should focus more on the idiots who buy pit-bulls for fighting reasons. These dogs are going to be banned everywhere, but in stead you are all focused on docking and cropping. COME ONE.

Lacy on February 11, 2010:

I believe certain dogs need docked tales. My breed is boxers and aussies. A working dog without a tail is nice. The tails can break very easy on dogs that were not breed to have tails. That is much more painful than have you tail docked with you are 3 days old when you tail is not even hard bone yet. They don't remember a thing just like a human male baby does not remember this cercomsition. Ears are just like getting a dog spayed it is just something we deside we want to have done. It is all cosmedic any way you look at it. The ears heal just as fast as the spaying. It is your dog and your decision. So stop telling people what is wrong and mind you own business.

Beth on February 06, 2010:

I'm not much on the ear cropping. I have a boxer with natural ears but the tail...IMO they look awful with tails and as excited as my boxer gets nothing would be safe with him whopping his tail around. I've seen poodles in australia with undocked tails because it's illegal there now to do that and they are butt ugly with those tails.

BoxerLover on February 05, 2010:

Wow!

I had dogs for all my life, I never spent a day of my life with out a dog. I have a 8 1/2 year old boxer, and of course he had his ears cropped when he turned 14 weeks old; on the other hand I had two sons, and they have their penis circumsized. All of them never asked for it, dogs as babies don't talk. I have friends that do not agree and never did that to their son. I never had the oppourtunity yet to meet someone who has a girl and waits until she is old enough to have some earings hanging on her ears. As soon my daughter turned 2 weeks