I have been thinking about getting a Doberman for a while now, and I am really conflicted about whether to have their ears cropped or not. On one hand, I think it looks very regal and traditional, and I'm worried that my Doberman won't look like the "stereotypical" Doberman without cropped ears. On the other hand, I've read that the cropping process can be painful for the dog, and that some countries have even outlawed the practice.
I'm looking for some advice from experienced Doberman owners or breeders. What are the pros and cons of leaving a Doberman's ears uncropped? Does it affect their health or temperament in any way, or is it purely a matter of aesthetics? I want to make the best decision for my future pet, so any insights would be greatly appreciated!
I have a different experience from the previous user. When I got my Doberman puppy, I decided to have his ears cropped. I did this not just for cosmetic reasons but because I wanted to minimize the risk of ear infections, and be able to keep his ears clean.
Cropped ears are easier to clean and maintain hygiene. Also, it is a cultural practice to improve the Doberman’s appearance and cosmetic appearance remains the most obvious advantage of having your Doberman’s ears cropped.
However, I must admit that the cropping process is not an easy one. The cropping and aftercare process can be painful and requires diligent aftercare to make sure that the ear heals properly. The aftercare includes cleaning the ears and securing the crops with tape for weeks to ensure good standing.
So, my advice for prospective Doberman owners is to carefully consider whether this procedure is the best choice for you and your dog. If you're willing to invest the necessary time and effort into proper aftercare, cropped ears can be a good choice. If you're hesitant or would rather avoid a potentially painful procedure, then leaving the ears uncropped may be the right decision for you.