I am the proud owner of a 4 year old neutered male GSD that I found for free in the local paper. The girl that gave him to me said she had him for two years and was the one that had him neutered (sp?).
She said the very small tip of each ear was cut off before she got him and that she had been told that cutting the tips was a way of signifying a "true" German bred GSD.
I'm thinking she's dreaming in believing that. I have a suspicion that it was done to prevent the dog from being shown in dog shows.
Anyone ever run into this and able to enlighten me as to the significance of this? Thanks.
I have 2 GSD! a 3yr. old female black & tan and a 4month old female White gsd, and had gsd growing up and I have never heard of cutting the tops of the ears as being done as regular practice! It sounds like he's a lucky dog to have found you!! Enjoy each other!!
Shelters do it when they have a large amount of dogs or cats to alter. Esp. when something like a horder or puppy mill bust. It helps them keep track of who has been done. As far as a regular practice, it is highly unlikly. I guess it just depends on where the dog first started. Glad you found him.