its all vanity.not your dogs,yours.my first doby i didn't crop,my doby now i did.when there down they look a little like a hound.but i spent $2500 on my second and i wanted her to look like a doby.i cried the first night after surgery and swore i would never do it again.but after a couple of days that feeling wore off.she's a year old now and i'm glad i did it.i'd really think about it next time though because it is temporary mutilation.
Originally Herr Dobermann cropped the ear very short and docked the tail around the second vertabrae of the tail. The idea was to prevent people from being able to grab hold of the dog. Dobermanns were originally used to clear out bars at close of business and scare the riff-raff away. (I read this about 22 years ago, so if I'm a little off of the actual facts, it's my poor memory) :)
Personally, I prefer the long crop (show dobes and GD's). I don't care much for the short cut on dobes or pits. It is very much a personal preference just like piercings, plastic surgery and tattoos are for humans (Guys - also see circumcision). The difference being we make the decision for our pets. When I had my dobes ears done, she didn't seem to notice. Her ears trained easily, and I didn't have an excess of taping to do. My vet had a somewhat unconventional way of racking, actually there was no rack. He used medical tongue depressors (small ones), cotton balls, gauze and tape. He sutured and laid the ears over the head and left them alone until the sutures came out 10 days later. Then he posted with the above mentioned items and left a great deal of the ear open to the air. I know I have pictures some where, but it was a long time and several moves ago.
Herr Dobermann was a tax collector and walked around with great amounts of money on a regular basis. He breed the doberman to protect him and the taxes he carried. He cropped the ears and docked the tail so you could not grab hold of the dog by them. The story of clearing out bars at the end of the day may be true or maybe folk lure, however, the dog was breed for protection.
Today there are three different styles of cropping the ear; the pleasure crop is a short crop with a wide bell, the military crop is a little longer and a very narrow bell and the show crop is between the two in length and bell. The military came up with their own crop because the dogs ears were getting torn up running through the brush and often became infected in the field and they started to remove the duke claw because that also got ripped off in the brush.
I crop my dogs because that is the breed standard and they do show but I personally prefer the pet crop.
***Edited By: Renorey on 6/29/2006 7:10:57 PM*** Reason: .
As it';s been said, it's also to help prevent ear infections, so it is not only for pleasure. Heck every dog breed has been made for 'people's pleasure' so....
To me it's important to keep in line with what the dog's heritage is as well. That involves keeping it's traditional look.
Seriously, if someone showed you a black and tan dog with floppy ears and a 2 foot long whip tail, would you think it was doberman pinscher, a breed with a long and noble heritage of helping people? I'd likely think it was a mutt, personally. Because it doesnt' look like what people imagine a dobe is supposed to look like.
Everybody wants to know why anyone crops, because it seems so cruel, but no one ever asks why do people continue to breed bulldogs? This breed cannot breed themselves, they cannot whelp, heck they can't even clean themselves, but no one ever says its cruel to keep breeding them, why??
I am not against bulldogs I think they are cute, but how can one be against cropping when the rest of the dog functions just fine and not be against a whole breed that cant even lick its butt???
Just my opinion, I think the ear cropping doesn't look good, but then some people like them, but to me, it looks really ugly. I've seen a pitbull dog with the ear cropt and frankly it's beauty has disapeared easily to me. But again everyone has the right to their own opinion and what looks good to them.
I want to crop or cut my cocker spaniel tail, just because it's really long and can easily get stuck in the door while shutting if we're not carefull, and I've got a son that once in a while he'll close the door the their paws would still be in the door way. So I think people do this for safty reasons as well.
i think cropping is a personal preference. as long as it is done by a vet, theres no harm done to the dog.
and ruffian. bulldogs are lovable sweet natured dogs. they have some shortcoming as do other breeds. but not being able to lick their butt is no big deal. i cannot lick mine either and i waddle around the house on my stubby legs and i snore also. and loudly at times ( so i have been told ). but thankfully my parents didnt give up on having children when i was born because i love my sisters to death, even though they cant lick their butts either.
dusty I even said I don't have a problem with bulldogs, there is no need to be offended, I have considered getting one, I was trying to prove a point, so many people complain about the inhumaity of cropping, yet no one ever points out the shortcomings of other breeds, they all have them, weather its bred into them or surgically altered man has changed them to how we see fit.
***Edited By: ruffian on 6/30/2006 1:06:58 AM*** Reason: opps I swore
AGAIN I said I LIKE bulldogs, I was trying to prove a point don't complain about one breeds short comings they all have them in one way or another.
And I have no idea how you stop your dog from licking their butts but that is how they do it, but bulldogs can't, no supposedly about it, they can not turn around to do it, we bred them that way, no one ever questions a bulldog owner about how they can help perpetuate a breed that could not survive with out human intervention, yet copmplain becasue some choose to crop ears. Both are done for the same reason now, looks and only looks thye are both cosmetic. And for anyone who cares to read this as well, bulldogs have the highest infant mortality rate and inutero deaths and defects of any breed, according to my vet. How is one worse than the other????
And again for those who choose not to read I like bulldogs, they are cute, I don't think they should stop breeding them.
Any dog with floppy ears is prone to infections...period. Does that mean 100% they will have them, no...but it is what makes them more prone. If your friend has a cocker and never an infection...good for them as many cockers are notorious for them as well.
I crop many of my Min Pins ears...it does not make them look ferocious, nor is it the reason for doing it,,,far from it...their too cute to look viscious,,lol It is the classic look for many breeds and had an original purpose to it.