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What is the best time to cut the ears & tail for Doberman puppies?

Hi everyone,

I recently became a proud owner of a Doberman puppy, and I'm wondering what the best time is to cut their ears and tail. I want to make sure that my puppy looks and feels his best, but I also don't want to cause him any unnecessary pain or discomfort.

I've been researching online, but I keep finding conflicting information. Some sources say that the best time to cut the ears is at 7-9 weeks old, while others say to wait until the puppy is 12-16 weeks old. As for the tail, some sources say to cut it at 2-3 days old, while others say to wait until the puppy is 3-4 months old.

I'm a bit confused and not sure what the best approach is. Can anyone give me some insight into their experiences with cutting their Doberman's ears and tail? When did you do it and why? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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I'm a proud Doberman owner and I understand how confusing this topic can be. I'm going to share my experience about docking the tail of my Doberman puppy. I got him when he was about two months old, and the breeder had already docked his tail. At that point, he had already recovered from the surgery, and I never noticed any sign of pain or discomfort in him.

However, I've spoken to some Doberman owners who decided not to dock their puppies' tails as they believe that it's a cruel practice. Others argue that docking the tail is necessary to prevent future injuries to the tail such as infections, fractures, and even cancer. I believe every owner should make a decision based on what is best for their dog.

Ultimately, the decision to dock a Doberman's tail is a personal one, and it is important to do research and consult with your veterinarian before committing to the procedure. You should also consider your lifestyle and home environment when making the decision.


Hi there,

I own a Doberman Pinscher who's tail was docked when he was just a few days old. At that young age, he didn't seem to experience any pain, and the procedure was quick and painless. However, I opted not to crop his ears since I didn't want to put him through unnecessary pain.

Tail docking has been a controversial topic for many years, and opinions vary widely. Some people believe that tail docking is inhumane and painful for the puppy, while others argue that it is necessary for the dog's wellbeing. After much research and consultation with vets and breeders before getting my Doberman, I decided to go ahead with the tail docking procedure for my dog.

One thing to keep in mind is that some countries have banned tail docking or have strict regulations on the procedure, so it's essential to do your research and understand the laws in your area before making a decision.

In the end, the decision to dock your Doberman's tail is up to you. Some people are against it, while others believe it to be necessary to prevent injuries in the future. It's essential to do your research, consider your dog's needs, and make the right choice for your furry friend.


Hey everyone,

I have a Doberman puppy, and while considering whether or not to crop his ears and dock his tail, I extensively researched and discussed with my veterinarian before making any decision.

Personally, I opted not to crop my puppy's ears and to leave his tail natural. I didn't want to put him through the pain and aftercare necessary for the procedure, and I also love the natural floppy ears and wagging tail that he has now.

While some argue that docking and cropping is necessary for a Doberman's aesthetic and functional purposes, I believe that the breed is beautiful with or without these procedures. It's important to make an informed and thoughtful decision that aligns with your dog's health and wellbeing, as well as your personal preferences.

Ultimately, it's up to each individual owner to make their decision. But no matter what choice you make, make sure it's based on research, discussions with your veterinarian, and a deep consideration of what's best for your furry friend.


Hi there,

As a Doberman owner, I had my puppy's ears cropped when he was 11 weeks old and his tail docked at 3 days old. I consulted with my veterinarian before making any decisions, and they recommended waiting until the puppy was at least 8 weeks old to crop the ears. This gave him enough time to develop strong muscles in his neck which would help support his ears after the surgery.

In terms of tail docking, I opted to do it soon after my puppy was born based on my breeder's recommendation. She explained that tail docking early on in a puppy's life is less traumatic and painful since their nervous system is not fully developed. She also assured me that this practice is standard for Dobermans and that it does not cause any harm to the dog.

Overall, I'm happy with my decision to crop my puppy's ears and dock his tail, but it's definitely not for everyone. I would highly recommend consulting with your veterinarian and doing your own research before making any decisions. Each dog is different, and what works for one may not be the best choice for another. Good luck with your decision!

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