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Why are Doberman's ears cropped?

Hi there,

I am a prospective owner of a Doberman and I have been doing some research on the breed. I noticed that many Dobermans have their ears cropped and I was wondering why. I have read some conflicting information online and was hoping to get some insight from experienced Doberman owners or breeders. Does it affect their hearing or behavior? Is it purely for cosmetic reasons? Any information would be helpful. Thank you!

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My experience as a Doberman owner has been quite different. I decided not to crop my Doberman's ears because I didn't want to put my puppy through the pain and stress of the surgical process. I also didn't want to take the risk of any possible complications that could arise from the procedure.

From what I have heard and read, ear cropping is purely a cosmetic procedure that has no real benefit for the dog. It's more of a tradition and a way to conform to the breed standard. While some people argue that cropped ears make a Doberman look more intimidating, I personally believe that my dog's appearance is just as impressive without it.

I have never had any issues with my Doberman's behavior or hearing, and I believe that his natural, uncropped ears are just as functional as cropped ears. I have also noticed that many people are drawn to him and find his natural ear shape just as endearing as cropped ears.

Ultimately, the decision to crop your Doberman's ears is a personal one. However, I would urge any prospective owner to consider the risks and benefits carefully before making their decision.


Hello there,

As a Doberman enthusiast, I have done a bit of research on ear cropping and have had discussions with several breeders and owners. While ear cropping has become a popular trend and a breed standard for Dobermans over the years, I personally believe that it is not necessary.

The surgical process can be quite painful for the puppy and is often done purely for cosmetic reasons. While some argue that it adds to the dog's physical appearance, I believe that the natural ear shape is just as beautiful.

Besides, in some countries, ear cropping is considered animal cruelty and is illegal. Ear cropping should not be a priority when it comes to raising and training your Doberman. Instead, you should focus on providing proper nutrition, exercise, and proper socialization. These things are much more important for the dog's well-being than ear cropping.

In conclusion, while ear cropping is a personal preference, the benefits are few when compared with the risks and complications that can arise from the procedure. The natural ears of a Doberman are just as functional as cropped ones and can add to the dog's charm and individuality.


Hello there,

As a Doberman owner, I can share my personal experience with ear cropping. I decided to have my Doberman's ears cropped purely for cosmetic reasons. The breed standard calls for cropped ears, and I simply love the way they look with cropped ears. However, I did extensive research before making this decision.

Ear cropping is a surgical procedure that is done when the puppy is between 7 and 12 weeks old. It involves cutting the ears and then taping them to hold them upright while they heal. It can be a painful and traumatic process for the puppy, so it should only be done by a skilled veterinarian.

Dobermans with cropped ears do have a different appearance and can be more intimidating to strangers. However, it does not affect their behavior or hearing in any way. In fact, I have noticed that my Doberman's hearing is just as good as any other dog's.

Overall, whether or not to crop your Doberman's ears is a personal choice. It's important to do your research, weigh the pros and cons, and make a decision that you feel is best for your dog.


Hello everyone,

I am a longtime Doberman owner and I have had both cropped and uncropped dogs. In my experience, ear cropping is a personal preference and has no impact on the dog's health or behavior. It's purely an aesthetic choice.

When it comes to ear cropping, it's important to find a reputable veterinarian to perform the procedure. I have seen some poorly-cropped ears that led to chronic infections and poor ear carriage. However, when done properly, the ears will heal properly and require minimal maintenance.

On the other hand, if you choose not to crop your Doberman's ears, it's important to keep them clean and keep an eye on any potential infections. The floppy ears can trap moisture and dirt, which can lead to infections if not properly cared for.

Ultimately, the choice of whether to crop your Doberman's ears or not is up to you. It's important to weigh the pros and cons and make a decision that you feel is best for your dog. Just remember that the decision you make will not affect your Doberman's health or behavior in any way.

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