I have been considering getting a Doberman as my new pet because I have always been fascinated by their grace and loyalty towards their owners. However, I am a little confused regarding the practice of ear docking. I have seen many Dobermans with their ears cropped and standing erect, which looks quite stylish, but I want to know if it's really necessary for all Dobermans to undergo this procedure.
My vet told me that ear cropping is done to reduce the risk of ear infections and injuries, but I have also read that it's purely cosmetic and can cause pain and discomfort for the dog. I don't want to put my pet through any unnecessary pain just for the sake of looks.
So, what do you guys think? Should a Doberman always have their ears docked? Is it really necessary? Or is it just a matter of personal preference? I would really appreciate your expert opinions. Thank you!