I am a dog lover and recently came across a Doberman Pinscher that had its tail docked and ears cropped. It made me wonder about the ethics of this procedure. I have always been under the impression that it is a common practice for certain dog breeds, but now I am not sure if it is justified.
I want to understand why it is considered unethical to cut off a Doberman's tail and crop its ears? Does it cause the dog any discomfort or pain? Does it serve any purpose other than just for aesthetic reasons? I am really curious to learn more about this topic, and any relevant information or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your input!