Um dog breeding in general is all about what the person/breeder likes. Dog breeds as they exist today would not exist at all were it not for someone preferring a specific look or size or purpose. We have certain breeds of dogs that have been altered so much, it's hard for them to reproduce naturally without AI.
That said, as long as the cropping/docking is done humanely by an experienced vet at an appropriate time where there is minimal pain involved for the animal, ear cropping and tail docking will continue. Dogs with cropped ears are less likely to suffer ear infections, dogs with docked tails are less likely to suffer tail injuries.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Actually I don't think that Boxers are any more prone to ear infections or not getting ear infections if they are cropped or not. They are not really prone to ear infections with natural ears.
I have noticed a lot more dirt and debris in the open cropped ears. My dogs play hard, and get dirty, cropped ears always have a TON more dirt in them. It just falls in. There is nothing to protect the ear and keep the dirt out.
Not to mention there are only a handful of vets acrossed the country that do a GREAT job at cropping. In fact most vets completely ruin the looks of Boxers and ruin them for 'show' by doing absolutely awful crops, when they have no experience in ear cropping, but 'try it' anyway because they have a customer that wants it done.
There is no reason for a pet person to get their dogs ears cropped and most have no clue as to what they are getting in to, to get the ears to stand. Most think you just pay the vet, and they are magically cropped and standing. They aren't aware of the MONTHS of consistent re-taping necessary, many need to be retaped after they are a year old or more.
I have two boxers and prefer the ears not to be cropped. I have seen to many ear crops that look stupid. If I'm not mistaking ear cropping leads to more ear infections and ear mites, the ear is up and open giving easy access to dirt etc... check out my boxers ****************
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<< If I'm not mistaking ear cropping leads to more ear infections and ear mites, the ear is up and open giving easy access to dirt etc >>
That is not my experience. Both uncropped and cropped ears can have ear mites or ear infections. Both can get troubles with dirt in their ears if the Boxer loves to roll in dirt. Most do :)
Cropping was originally done as a utilitarian device towards the function of the breed. While we no longer use the Boxer in the same way, the tradition still exists in this and many other breeds. These days it is a personal preference issue. If you do not want to crop, then don't. If you want to crop, get a qualified vet to do the procedure and someone experienced to help you with the aftercare.
In over 15 years with this breed, I have never had a complication from ear cropping nor had ears not stand. I was fortunate to have good people help me my first time and I did the same for others after that.