This is going to start a huge debate. Just to let you know. So, good luck on digging out the information.
I have seen crops go horribly wrong. I do not agree with docking or cropping, but please, make sure the vet you go to has thorough experience in this. A bad crop job can end up in horrible messes of infections and the ear can even get so bad that may have to be completely removed.
Most people claim their dogs are in no pain afterwards, though, I don't see how anyone can say that for sure, since puppies are almost always rambunctious (I had a puppy with a sliced paw that pretended nothing happened, but touch it to change the bandages and he yelped like you were strangling him). I do know it takes a ton of patience and attention to care for the ears afterwards, with tapings and such.
Good luck though, there are a few here with cropped dogs who can help you much better than I can. All of mine have naturally standing ears.
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Is the Vet known for cropping? If so how do they crop the ears? Are they going to tape them for you? If not do you know how to tape and how long you may have to tape his ears? I have had some of my boxers done but they haven't all turned out and I have the best in our state doing my ears. The first three days and nights are the worst and then it isn't so bad for the pup. But they will get sick of you tapping and messing around with them. I have had to tape some ears up to 8mths of age. So just be ready to tape because if you don't they wont stand anyway.
Good luck let us know how it goes.
And by the way some dogs faces look better with the ears done and people can give us a hard time all they want it has been done for years and until they out law it, it will be done for years to come.
I show and breed Dobes. 14 weeks is a bit late, but not too late. It is a surgical procedure, but they don't come home crying and whining or seem to be in pain as if from a spay. I was really surprised at how easy my puppy seemed to take it, and most of them do. The big thing is the itching. You can use an E collar but not for the whole 2 months or so as it pulls down the ear. I really good site for instructions on taping the ears is on www.dobermanpages.com. Be sure to take pictures of what you want the ears to look like, as most vets have their own opion on what the ears should look like and you may not like that. Find a book with severl Dobes, and copy the pic of the one who has the best ears so your vet will have something to go by. This is not the brutal cruel horrible procedure some of the respondants here make it seem to be. It is a matter of opinion and it is the standard for the breed. Millions of Dobes have had the crop and millions more will. The only reason NOT to crop is if YOU don't want to. The vet should give you instructions or pain medications for the first few days. You can e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to ask me anything off forum. Good luck! And congrats on picking the best dog in caninehood!