I don't know where you live...There is a vet in N. Texas who is THE expert ear cropper, this is most of her practice and she does an outstanding job. There is also one in Arizona. Don't let people's opinions sway you if you prefer the cropped look. it is not what you think it will be. My Doberman pups come home like nothing happened to them, I was really surprised at how easy it was..for them anyway! it takes some committment to continue to post until they stand, and on Danes it can take a while...Don't give up! There is an excellent article on how to post ears on a website called The Doberman Pages...And for resources, get intouch with Great Dane clubs and you should be able to find a vet who does this. Also go to shows, either AKC or UKC and ask the owners..We are a friendly bunch and like to help fellow dog lovers...Good luck and let me know if you need help.my private e mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
there's also a couple here in southern oregon. Be very CAREFUL. Make sure you get a picture of what you want. there are photos of botch jobs posted all over the internet. It is a real art form. Where are you located? My breeder also did not have it done before Igot my min pin but you can find local breeders of any breed that usually has ears done and one of them should be able to head you in the right direction.
My MIL dog is a Giant Schnauzer and she came to us with her ears cropped. Talk to your breeder about it. Also find a good vet that will help you with the upkeep of having ears cropped. They need to be bandaged and taped sometimes up to six or seven months. Also, there is always the possibility of a screw up. Mia, the Giant Schnauzer has one ear that stands up, but the other one folds in the middle, kinda half up, and she has scar damage. And remember there are different types of cropping. Miniature schnauzers, pitbulls have a shorter crop and Dobermans, Great danes usually have a longer crop.
I've heard good stories and bad stories about ear cropping. Unfortunately I've only seen bad. I think Danes look great with normal ears. If I had a doberman, I would get it's ears cropped, but that's just personal preference.
hi, I wish u luck w/your new puppy. I bought a great dane puppy in July 2006 and he is the best. Very loving. I did not have his ears cropped I live in Massachusetts I could not find a vet that would do it. He looks just as beautiful w/them down
Make sure you ask some professional breeders who they would reccommend. Not many vets are trained to do it anymore and it truly is an art form. An ugly crop is HORRIBLE. Also, be prepared to stick with it for the long haul. We have a 4 1/2 mo. old Dobermann that we chose to have cropped (the vet who did it is one of only 2 in our region that I'm aware is properly trained to do it) and it has been expensive and a general pain in the neck. It hasn't seemed to bother Ember very much (she seemed perfectly fine the day after surgery) other than they seem to itch her within a few days after posting. Would I do it again? Probably not. The "look" isn't as important to me and I don't show, etc. and the expense and effort has been considerable. My husband would disagree as he likes the beauty of the sleek look a proper crop creates. It's personal preferance - but be prepared for some work- aftercare is probably the biggest factor for success.
I'm a professional breeder, though I do not work with Danes. You are getting some really good advice from folks not even breeders. 1stly, though I could be wrong, I am under the impression this is done at a very early age. As a pup gets older, its more painful, harder to heal and more difficult. There is also after care to think about. Is someone with the pup all the time to ensure no problems come up?
You said you were getting the pup in a few weeks, DEFINITELY discuss this with the breeder you are getting the puppy from pending it's a breeder and not a BYB or something.
You have a pet, you are going to be neutering your baby and you are going to have a long wonderful life. Is there really a reason you are doing this? Would you love your baby any less if his ears were not cropped? I think you need to think about who you would be doing this for, you, the puppy, or someone else. Certainly I am not saying which way to go, only to step back and think about this.
The single most important thing is find a vet that specializes in this, does this routinely and regularly, not just once in a while.
Personally, I dont think there's a reason for you to do it or put the pup through it at this point but that's me, certainly you may have another point of view. Good luck
I live in North carolina and all the vets around here and the vets in cities close to me,crop ears. I've not heard of any that won't do it unless they are not licensed to do so. If you have a show dane a cropped ear is best for the ring. I have 6 danes that have their ears cropped. None of them had any problems and they didn't seem to notice that their ears were cut. They were all put to sleep during the surgery. I do know they have less problems down the road with ear related problems if their ears are cropped. The ear stays cleaner if cropped. It is also good to have a vet that is good with this procedure. Check other danes that your vet has done in the past.
Where are you located? I can give you the name of my vet if your close enough. They do tons of ear crops. All breeds dobermans, boxers, pits, etc... I have personally met 3 of the dobermans, not counting mine, and the pit that they have done and the ears were well done.
Check around. Do not go to the first vet that you find that will crop ears. Ask to see the dogs or at least pictures of some of their work. If allowed talk to the owners of those dogs, they will usually tell you about the experience. Aftercare is also very important. Make sure you know what you are getting into well beforehand.
Personally if the breeders cutting corners by not doing the ears before the pup goes home... I have to think WHERE else is he cutting corners????? get a puppy from a reputable breeder with a minimum 2 year health guarantee.
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