Icyhound, you just amaze me, everytime I see you posting I read and learn. Thanks for being here. I know there might be other opinions but all you guys that have been here a while really know whats up. Again thanks to you the regulars and the mods. Lots of good nfo.
I think it depends on the breed. When I got Donata my Corso I contacted over 30 vets within my state to get price quotes and to find out the age for it to be done. I found that all of them had different prices but all of them had the same age range....10-12 weeks. No earlier than 10 weeks and absolutly no older then 14 weeks. They don't like to do them earlier then 10 weeks because of having to put them under.
It is personal preference...With the Corso for example. You take an uncropped dog in the show ring verses a cropped dog and it is almost a guarantee that the cropped dog will win. Just like Dobes, danes, boxers, and a few other breeds.
i know for my specific breed, the anatolian shepherd, the ears are cropped very short. reason being in turkey, the country they come from, the dogs are used to protect flocks from predators. if the dogs get in to a fight with a predator and their ear gets bit it is extremely painful and can cause the guardian to lose interest in the fight and protecting its flock. thus leaving the shepp open for attack. here in the states you wont find many if any at all with cropped ears. i have never seen a pic of an anatolian in the usa who is used as a working dog have cropped ears. but in turkey they are still cropped for very good reasons.
DOnt think that because a lot of vets dont do it that they are against it. A lot of them are not properly trained. Even half the vets that do cropping are not good at it so youve got to be picky. I hate seeing dobes with floppy ears but thats just my opinion. I know I want to see the breed looking how its creator wanted it too.
Your excatly right Joce.....I looked at so many pictures at vet offices and interviewed so many vets before I decided on the one I used. He is alittle over a 2 hour drive from my house and I have no regrets. He gave me references and he takes pictures of every job he does.
Wow, it really suprises me with all the pet lovers in these forums that ear cropping is not being ripped on. I HATE doing it and regret it every single time. I only do the ones that I intend to show. Boxers are done between 8-12 weeks of age. A lot of vet don't crop anymore because if they truely like animals they don't want to do an unnecessary surgery for asthetics alone, and there are risks. Puppies can die under ansthesia. Boxers in particular are sensitive to an ansethia that goes by 'ACE'. Aside from the risks there is a LOT of pain involved for some puppies and each is different. A show crop cut is major work tht goes from the mid-face to the ear tip. If you have ever heard a puppy waking up from just having it done, you would KNOW it hurts, it sounds like someone has hit it with a car. Some go off their food for days- or even a week or more. After that then there is the dillegent wraping phase. Don't use waterproof tape or pup will get infected ears. Don't use really sticky tapes because you can take off the ear tips. You better be willing (with boxers) to keep it up for months-- up to a year, or you may get floppy cropped ears or one up one down-- that looks really stupid. A bad earjob or one that hasn't been taken care of looks 10xs worse than a natural ear. There is a reason CA is trying to ban it (like many european countries). It's not the same as tails and dew claws that are done at 3 days-- when their nervous systems aren't as developed. This is a major painful surgery and it shouldn't be taken lightly. I am majorly P.O.ed at AKC backing show people's dated cruel ear fashions rather than thinking about the PUPPIES best interests. I highly discourage anyone not seriously considering showing to NOT get this done.
I think it all depends on the vet. When we got Bluebelles ears done she was 16 weeks old and that was the recommended age. But I have also known of vets who will do a dogs ears at any age. I wouldn't personally get any dogs ears cropped after 16 weeks of age.