I don't know why anyone does this but my understanding is that Dobs usually get this done. Maybe it's just "standard" for that breed to get them cropped?
Can someone tell me for sure?
At any rate, I assume it is with any other dog that people insist on mutulating...it must be done at a young age. I do believe I read somewhere that it needs to be done around 7-8 weeks. At this age, maybe you could try taping them??? Some do not stand until they are a year old and some never stand perfectly erect.
Friends will step in when the rest of the world steps out.
I won't get to into the argument of if its a great thing to do or not. I have a cropped dobe. Didn't plan on it as we looked for a breeder who didn't crop. His ears were so bad at ten -fourteen weeks we had him done. Many vet visits and second and third opinions. He is nine and great now. Not a single ear issue. And he was a new dog after the surgery as his ears cleaned right up. I was very against it before that-not anymore. A spay is more pain than an ear crop will ever be and while I support everyone spaying it is risky and painful to a dog.
My boy was done at the absolute latest they would do it. Even warned me they may not look the best but his was for function not beauty! and luckily with a lot of hard work on my part they turned out great.
at this point I would not bother with it. After teething they are usually set(you might be ok though). You could find a breeder or reputable cropper in your area to see if they think any additional kind of posting may help. You may be able to use a Popsicle stick and glue. But have help to do it right.
This is why I do not think all dogs should be cropped just because its a dobe. It is a lot of work and expensive. If not done right it can make a dog be stuck with horrible looking ears. There are a lot of bad croppers out there. I hate seeing a bell ear on a dobe.
It helps with getting a dog used to being held and patience though. And my boy will forever love an ear rub!!!
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber