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Do Doberman pinschers always have upright ears?

Hey everyone,

I am currently considering getting a Doberman Pinscher as a new addition to my household. While researching about this breed, I have come across conflicting information regarding their ears. Some sources say that Dobermans have naturally upright ears, while others suggest that their ears need to be cropped and trained to stand upright.

I am now confused and would like to know the truth about this. Do Doberman Pinschers always have upright ears, or do their ears need to be cropped and trained? I would really appreciate any insights or personal experiences from Doberman owners or experts in the breed.

Thanks in advance!

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Hi everyone,

I have owned a Doberman Pinscher with floppy ears and did not opt for ear cropping for my furry friend. In my opinion, the procedure is not necessary, and I prefer natural appearances over cosmetic modifications.

Instead, I invested my time and attention into training and cleaning my dog's floppy ears. I kept them healthy by gently cleaning the ears regularly, monitoring for any potential infections, and applying topical treatments as needed.

It took some time and patience, but with constant care and training, my Doberman's ears stand upright most days. While they may not be as straight as some other Dobermans, I find them to be as unique as any physical trait can be.

In conclusion, opting not to crop your dog's ears is a personal preference that should be based on your dog's well-being and your standards for animal ethics. If you're willing to put in the effort for training and caring for your dog's natural ears, you may find that it's a more rewarding and humane approach.


Hi everyone,

I have owned Doberman Pinschers for many years and have had both naturally upright and floppy-eared dogs in my experience. While the breed standard calls for upright ears, I have found that a dog's individual personality and appearance matter far more than conforming to an arbitrary standard.

Ear cropping is a surgical procedure that alters a dog's appearance, and it is a decision that should not be taken lightly. The procedure is not only costly but involves anesthesia, pain, and a significant healing process. For these reasons, I believe that it is not necessary to crop a Doberman's ears.

Although my current Doberman has natural ears that are slightly floppy, I believe this only adds to her individuality and character. I have also found that her floppy ears are more comfortable and do not require the same level of maintenance as upright ears.

In conclusion, while certain breeders or individuals may prefer upright ears, I believe that a Doberman's ear shape shouldn't be of utmost importance. What's more important is providing love, care, and training to ensure that your dog is happy and healthy.


Hello everyone,

I have had Dobermans for many years, and have experienced both naturally upright ears and floppy ears in my dogs. One of my Dobermans had ears that naturally stood upright, while my other Doberman had floppy ears that needed to be trained.

From my experience, it can vary from dog to dog, and it does not necessarily depend on how the dog was bred. In my opinion, the important factor is how you train and care for the dog's ears. Even if a Doberman's ears do not naturally stand, they can still be trained to stand upright with proper care, time, and patience.

That being said, I understand that ear cropping is a personal decision for some owners. Whether you choose to crop your dog's ears or not, it is essential to prioritize their health and well-being, and not solely focus on their appearance.

Ultimately, Dobermans can have either naturally upright or floppy ears, and it is up to the owner's preference and dedication to training and care.



I have owned a Doberman Pinscher for several years now, and my experience is somewhat similar to user 3. My dog's ears are naturally floppy, but after some training and care, they now stand upright on their own.

I understand that ear cropping is sometimes done to achieve the breed standard's appearance, but in my opinion, it is an unnecessary procedure that is purely cosmetic. My decision not to crop my dog's ears was based on the need to prioritize my Doberman's health and comfort, and I still believe that it was the right decision.

I would encourage any future Doberman owner to do their research and consider all options before deciding to crop their dog's ears. It's essential to remember that ears are not the most critical part of a dog's appearance, and what really matters is giving your dog the appropriate training and care to be healthy and happy.

Whether your Doberman's ears are naturally upright or floppy, they can be trained to stand if that is your preference. With some patience and dedication, you can teach your dog to stand their ears up, just as I did with my beloved Doberman.



I am a Doberman owner, and my experience contradicts the previous response. My Doberman's ears were floppy, and I had to opt for surgery to have them cropped and trained to stand upright. When I got my dog, the breeder recommended cropping the ears at a young age before they set in place.

After much consideration and research, I decided to follow through with the procedure as my dog's ears did not show any signs of standing upright. The surgery went well, and my dog's ears healed quickly. Though it may be a matter of personal preference, I believe that cropped ears give Dobermans a more classic, regal look.

It's essential to note that ear cropping is a controversial and not entirely necessary cosmetic procedure. While I elected to have this done, others may feel differently. If you're considering getting a Doberman and want upright ears, it's best to do thorough research and ask the breeder for ear preference. Regardless of the decision, remember to provide proper care and attention to your dog's ears, whether upright or floppy.

I hope this helps in your research!


Hey there,

As a Doberman owner, I can share my experience with you. My Doberman's ears are naturally upright, and I did not have to crop or train them to stand up. In fact, I did not even consider cropping my dog's ears, as I believe it is an unnecessary cosmetic procedure.

It is true that some Dobermans have floppy ears, particularly those that have not been bred to meet the breed standard or those that have not been selectively bred for upright ears. However, this does not mean that all Dobermans require ear cropping or training.

If you are considering getting a Doberman, I would recommend finding a reputable breeder who has selectively bred their dogs for upright ears. You can also adopt a Doberman from a rescue organization, where you can see the dog's ears and determine if they are naturally upright or not.

In conclusion, Doberman Pinschers do not always have upright ears, but not all Dobermans require ear cropping or training. It is best to do thorough research and find a reputable breeder if you are considering this breed.


Hi everyone,

I have experience with a Doberman pinscher that had their ears cropped. I adopted my dog from a shelter where they had already undergone the procedure. At first, I was unsure about the appearance of my dog's ears, as they looked unnatural and slightly tilted. However, I found that it did not impact my relationship with my furry friend.

While the Doberman pinscher breed standard calls for upright ears, it is not a requirement, and naturally floppy ears are not a disqualification. I think that ear cropping is a personal preference and the decision should be made based on the individual case, as well as personal beliefs and ethics.

However, as an adoptive parent of a Doberman with cropped ears, I have noticed some peculiar health symptoms that could be associated with the procedure. My dog displays sensitivity to certain sounds, which I believe may be linked to tinnitus related to the surgery.

Ultimately, I believe that ear cropping should not be taken lightly, and dog owners should take into consideration their pet's comfort, health, personal beliefs and preferences before making any decisions.


Hi everyone,

I have had Doberman Pinschers for several years now, and I wanted to share my perspective as a breeder. Ear cropping is not a common practice in my breeding program, and I always emphasize the importance of prioritizing the dog's comfort and natural appearance.

While the breed standard does call for upright ears, it is not a requirement for every single Doberman. I have bred dogs with naturally floppy ears that have turned out perfectly healthy and happy without need for ear cropping. Additionally, ear cropping can be a painful and stressful procedure for a dog, which in my opinion, is not worth the purely cosmetic benefits.

For those who are considering owning a Doberman, I would highly recommend doing extensive research and finding a breeder who shares the same values and approach towards the breed. Look for breeders who prioritize the dog's overall health and well-being and who do not consider ear cropping necessary.

At the end of the day, what matters most is providing a loving environment and proper care for your beloved Doberman, regardless of their ear shape or appearance.

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