I have been researching and contemplating getting a Doberman Pinscher as a pet for a while now. However, one thing that keeps popping up in my research is the practice of ear cropping. I've seen some images of Dobermans with cropped ears and it looks pretty severe to me.
I'm starting to wonder if cropping a Doberman Pinscher's ears is a cruel practice. I don't want to support anything that would cause unnecessary pain to an animal. Is ear cropping medically necessary or is it done purely for cosmetic reasons? I also wonder how much pain does the process cause and how long does it take for the dog to heal?
I would appreciate any insight into this matter. Thank you!