personally, i like the brindle coloring of the dog in the first pic and the ears on the dog in the second. boxers, dobes, and some other breeds look better cropped. my sister has two beautiful boxers, uncropped. i look at them and they just dont look like what i have always pictured a boxer to look like. when her friend was over visiting, she brought her cropped boxer. he stood out over my sisters two. jmo
CB, thanks for that info! I wasn't aware that AKC accepted the natural earsi n the ring. Interesting. Is it because they feel the tail docking is necessary to the breed's "job" that the tail docking is still required?
beautiful dogs cinema...you should be so proud...I too prefer croped...and my one vet does not do it..and prompted me to find one who did..and hence..I have a new vet.and made the other vet who is closer my secondary vet ( they are expensive too) any way...i did my schnauzers for the reason shamus had ear infections from the ear folding over..and after cropping hes had no more..so..it does help keep the air in there so they do have less problems...now dobs and boxers they just dont look right in my book..but..its just my preference....
I too prefer the cropped look on Danes, Dobes and Boxers. I actually got to observe the surgery back in the 80's when my Dobe was cropped. And contrary to what a lot of people think, I saw no pain while my baby was recovering. She didn't even seem to notice. Of course my vet did not use the conventional rack for taping either. Have to see if I can find a picture of her. Her ears turned out beautiful.
***Edited By: wolf256wolf on 4/14/2006 3:50:21 PM*** Reason: typo
Well, on our site we offer ear cropping vet recommendations and also an ear taping tutorial. I too would agree and say a puppies pain is VERY minimal, and with an expert crop, the ears heal in about ONE weeks time - sutures sometimes come out at 5 days.
A close friend just had a show crop done on one of our pups - and his ears are already healed, and now well on their way to standing.
I think the vet you choose makes ALL the difference, and your support system is also an important factor in your cropping experience.
We are lucky - we have three vets in this area who do show crops - prices range from $200 - 400 depending on which one you choose. ;)
BTW - our site is www.cinemaboxers.com - you can find the list of vets there and the tutorial as well as tons of Boxer information.
***Edited By: CinemaBoxers on 4/13/2006 6:22:11 PM*** Reason: Added the link!