Are your minis ears cropped or natural? My family and I are having a hard time with this decision - back and forth. I personally don't like the idea - but like the look and worry about ear infections since my allergy prone wire haired fox terrier gets yeast infections at least 2 times a year.
I have one right now who has natural ears. The only ear problem I have had with her is the irration of having all that hair in there. She's 1.5 now and hasnt had any problems, the ear canal was red at one time, but with plucking the hair out solved that.
I'm getting a puppy in about a month or so, havent decided if I'm gonna let his ears be natural or not, depends mostly of how they come out I guess.
Do you regularly pluck your schnauzers ears? How old is the dog?
Koda(who is not a Schnauzer but a dog nonetheless) was having a tone of problems with his ears being infected, after we got him back from a rehoming mismatch. Anyway, I switched Koda to Natural Balance Duck and Potatoe and have not had a problem since.
We have 2 mini schnauzers and neither have their ears cropped. I think it's unnecessary if you aren't going to show them. Like the others said, if you pluck the hair out of their ears they shouldn't have problems. Ours are 5 and 6 and neither has had any serious problems (one has had a couple minor ear infections that were cleared up with meds right away). Plus I think the natural ears are much cuter (just my opinion!)
My minis, who are brothers, are twelve weeks old and I haven't plucked their ears yet.
My WFT who gets all the ear infections is six, and I have noticed that she does a lot better if I keep up on removing her ear hair. But I probably will change her diet - I'm sure it wouldn't hurt. Is Natural Balance sold at most pet supply stores?
schnauzerluv - do your dogs get along well? I have so many concerns about having two puppies from the same litter who are both male. I was wanting a female but my WFT is an alpha altered female and my vet and many breeders I talked to warned against it due to female agression in the terriers.
As long as you neuter them, I dont see a problem, if one does occur. Just reach into their ears, grab a little fur, and pull it out. Kiba will fall asleep sometimes when I'm doing it. Sometimes I use tweezers if I cant grasp onto the hairs that need to come out.
She's on Natural Balance potatoe and duck too, we get it at Petco, it's the only place around here that sells it.
I got some "ear hair removal" stuff the other day at Petco, havent used it yet.... will let you know when I do and if and how it works.
All three of ours are cropped. I bought the two females with their ears already done. The breeder had them done at just a few weeks old. (too early) I had my male's ears done at 3mo. If and when we get another schnauzer I will leave the ears. I think the natural ears make them have more of a babyish look. Cropped ears are really for if you are going to show them. Love schnauzers!!!!!!!
My mother-in-law got her Schnauzers ears cropped and she said she would never do it again. He had to wear one of those cones on his head (sorry, I'm having a brain fart and can't remember what they are called) and it had a ring around the inside of it from his blood. It was really gross, and seemed very painful. :(
Tucker and Cooper thank you all for your responses - and thanks for not judging me harshly for thinking about cropping. I am going to call the vet in the a.m. to cancel the appointment. Hopefully we won't end up with bat-ears, but if we do, they will still be cute!
I have a mini Schnauzer with natural ears. It is so much cuter. As for the ear infections...you just have to be aware that his ears need extra attention during grooming. Pull the hairs, clean the ears with q-tips and also there is ear cleaning solution you can get at the vet. It helps keep the wax from building up and helps with irritaion. Also you have to think about the dog...ear cropping is painful for them!
Tsions ears are cropped, when I got them I thought that little hankerchief fold was so cute, as he has gotten older the ears are quite large, sometimes he looks like a donkey, at times he acts like one too! So I leave the hair on his ears long and it gives them enough weight to keep them down some. It is a personal opinion if you do or dont, however you may regret if you dont.
When we had Max's ears done, my vet did a great job. He never seemed to be in any pain. They sent meds home with us and he wore the splints for a short while and that was it. We have pictures of him in his splints and he looks so funny. But it pays to have a vet that knows what he is doing. The vet my breeder used with the little girls got their ears alittle short. They are cute but Max looks more dignifed. ha!! But, like I said, my next one I am leaving natural. I think they are really cute.