Hi everyone, I am a pet owner who recently adopted a Doberman puppy, and I've noticed that my puppy's ears are long and floppy. However, I've seen other Doberman dogs with short pointy ears that stand up. I'm curious to know why there is this difference in ear shape among the same breed of dogs. Is it a genetic factor or a matter of how they are raised? I would appreciate any insights or experiences that other Doberman owners or breeders have had with their dogs' ear shapes. Thank you!
Hi all, I'm a veterinarian and have worked with Doberman dogs for years. From my experience and professional knowledge, it is true that the ear shape of Dobermans can be influenced by genetics or the method used to crop their ears. However, the long floppy ears in Doberman dogs are considered natural, not a result of a genetic defect or health issue. Some breeders may not opt for ear cropping because of personal ethics or to ensure their dogs have a more calm and peaceful demeanor.
It's important to note that ear cropping is considered a cosmetic practice and is not necessary for the health or wellbeing of dogs. Additionally, it is not a risk-free procedure, and it is possible to develop complications such as excessive bleeding or infection. Therefore, it is always important to choose an experienced veterinarian for the procedure if you decide to go ahead with cropping your dog's ears.
Lastly, if your Doberman has long floppy ears, it is essential to clean and dry them regularly, especially after bathing or swimming, to avoid the buildup of dirt and moisture that can lead to ear infections. Please consult with your veterinarian for proper ear care and hygiene recommendations for your dog.