When it comes to bully breeds, we know they come in all shapes and sizes. Dogs considered pit bulls don’t all look the same. In fact, they aren’t even all of the same breed! However, many of these breeds have one thing in common — ear cropping.
Most popular among Rottweilers, Dobermans and American Staffordshire Terriers, ear cropping (or cutting) is a highly-controversial subject.
What is Ear Cropping?
Ear cropping is a surgical procedure where a portion of a dog’s ear is removed.
What is the Ear Cropping Procedure?
When a dog goes in for an ear cropping procedure, they are put under anesthesia. During the surgery, the dog’s ears are clipped to remove the outer half of the ear. Following the procedure, the dog wears bandages using a specific technique that helps to keep the ears erect. There is roughly a 10-14 day period before sutures (if used) can be removed.
There are, regrettably, a huge number of instances where a pit bull owner perform a “home surgery.” These are almost always undertaken without anesthesia and without post “procedure” suturing or bandaging. End results include significantly greater pain to the dog, poor healing and an uneven appearance.
What is the History of Ear Cropping?
Ear cropping first rose to popularity among breeders of fighting and hunting dogs. Cutting away part of the ear was seen as a way to minimize the risk of injury to a dog during a fight (whether with another dog or wild animal). It was one less place for another animal to bite or claw.
Over the years, ear cropping became seen as a desired characteristic of many different dog breeds. So much so, that the American Kennel Club recognizes ear cropping as part of certain breed standards.
Why Do People Crop Their Dog’s Ears?
In today’s society, ear cropping is completed based on the owner or breeders’ personal preference. There is no health benefit associated with ear cropping.
Is Ear Cropping Dangerous?
Ear cropping is extremely dangerous to the health and wellbeing of your pet. When an owner elects to crop their dog’s ears, they are volunteering their dog for a surgical procedure. Like any other surgical procedure, there are risks associated, such as infection, physical pain and even lasting psychological damage.
Should You Crop Your Dog’s Ears?
The Bully Dog Rescue Coalition is strongly against the cropping of any dog’s ears.
It is important for our team to let you know that although we are against voluntary cropping, we will never turn away a dog because the previous owner has cropped their ears. For our team it is important to provide every dog we come in contact with the love and care it deserves.
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