hello! i just bought a pitbull pup, hes about 10 weeks old. the vet keeps asking me if im going to crop his ears, and im not really sure if i want to. are there any risks i need to be aware of? i guess i mainly want to see pix of dogs w and w/o their ears cropped so i can make a decision. can anyone help me out?
Well, I'm not found of putting a dog through pain and stress for cosmetic reasons. it is a simple procedure, but it is senseless. I'd liketo refer you to this site. It states that the ASPCA does not condone this, and if the top people for animal rights have a problem with it..... http://www.bloomington.in.us/~stopcrop/
Pits ears are not supposed to be cropped for historic reasons right? I thought for pits it was mostly a fighting issue. But look at some standerds for the breed and see. Pits are the one breed I like without the crop since its usually such a buch one.
I will be the firs tto tell ou that cropping is not the painfull mutilating thing they make it out to be. I hav ea dobe and went through his crop adn it was great. I hav enever seen a dog suffer after one. I have heard some one on here that said theres are always in pain but that is not the norm.
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I personally would not crop … I prefer them to be Natural… If I am NOT mistaken.. the only reason Pits.. ears are copped is for fighting purposes .. so the other dog can not chew or bite them .. during a fight.
Plus the ear flap covers the ear preventing water or other foreign objects from entering the ear. (so it is a protective against ear infection to a degree) .
Okay, personal opinion - I like cropped ears on dobes, great danes and pitties. I also happen to like pitties with natural ears, where I think dobes and great danes look silly (goofy) with natural ears.
If you have the ears cropped:
1. You have to be prepared to go through the healing and training process. Having the ears cropped doesn't guarantee they will stand.
2. Ears that stand are less prone to ear infections. They have better air flow and stay drier. Less breeding ground for bacteria.
3. But more chances for things to get in the ears.
That said, it is really personal preference. Your vet apparently does crops or he wouldn't ask you about it. If you're going to have it done, do it soon. The last information I had was that the best results were achieved when crops were done between 9 and 12 weeks of age.
***Edited By: wolf256wolf on 10/21/2005 2:44:55 PM*** Reason: +
Ivy, your dogs are beautiful. They have wonderful markings. I forgot what you said, are all three pits? Where I live, no one knows what a pit should look like. I love the black and white one, he has a great head.
I would do my homework and weigh the pros and cons of both ear styles.
Over all it is your decision and it is best that you make it so that you are 100% happy with the outcome.
I would also contact a vet and ask them the benefits of both styles of ears and what their opinion is on the subject being that they perform the procedure, so they would know a little bit better then the average Joe.
Also depends on time and money you have. If the dogs aren't watched well enough,and sometimes even if they are, they can rip the bandages off and its another vet visit. Another thing to consider is how people will look at your dogs. It sad to have to think of it but if the dogs are cropped its probally more likely you'll hav eproblems with neighbors. It shouldn't be that way but it is.
Boy !!!!!!!!!!!!! I'am so glad my mother didn't cut my ears. I guess I probly would have look kinda funny being a human, with my ears cut and not knowing the after effect it might have on me. I rember when i first got my ear's peirce all I could say was OUCH!!!!! I just wonder's what a dog would say if he could talk .'' OH MY '' let me stop!