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Q: my bentley(minpin) DOES NOT have his ears cropped...

April 12, 2008 | By Luvmyfurbabies | 8 answers | Expired: 2430 days ago

bentley does not have his ears cropped, but my boyfriend wants to take him to have it done. what are the risks and benefits?? is the risk of him getting it done now greater than him not having it done at all? he's 3 months.
if anyone else has a minpin who does/does not have ears cropped, i would appreciate the insight...thanks in advance

ps. i think he's cuter with them the way they are..floppy!!!!!!

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Silver Dragon Pets N.
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Apr 25, 2008

The USA is one of the few remaining countries where it is still legal to dock tails and crop ears. Most other countries have outlawed it as being inhumane.

The risk of infection is the same regardless of what age surgery is done at. Cropped ears can collect dirt and debris because the flap is not there to protect the ear canal. Some long-eared breeds (cocker spaniels, beagles and bassets) have ear issues because their extremely long ear flaps keep moisture in which causes bacterial infections. Fortunately min-pins do not have this problem. With natural ears, they do just fine.

The purpose of cropping a min-pin's ears is solely aesthetic (for looks) and has no functional purpose at all. There is absolutely no benefit to having his ears cropped. The risks include infection at the cut area, future ear problems and fear of having his ears touched (because he'll associate the pain long after his ears have healed). Besides, it would mean months of taping his ears up, which is no doubt uncomfortable for the dog, and time-consuming for the human.

I say leave his floppy ears the way they are.

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Carly T.
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Apr 19, 2008

Please do not have his ears cropped. He will go through months of pain and taped ears. My opinion is cropping of ears and tails should be illegal.... just because the animals have to suffer for months just so they look "better".

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Joanna
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Apr 15, 2008

I COMPLETELY agree with everyone else! This is your dog's LIFE we're talking about, and your dog is not a toy to be dressed up and changed. I don't care how "macho" cropped ears are supposed to look - since they are not endorsed by people who have pets' best interests at heart, they are not done properly or humanely. Well, really, how humane and easy can chopping off part of your ear be?

Really, I'm glad you asked - but please don't listen to your boyfriend. Your dog was born perfect in every way, and will thank you for leaving him whole.

Besides, he IS to old to get this done.

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Robin C.
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Apr 13, 2008

He is to old to have them done . You can only crop their ears when they are 12 weeks old or under . BTW its not worth the pain to the dog , or the months of taping the ears to have it done .

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Anonymous
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Apr 12, 2008

Here is what the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights had to say:

"AVAR is opposed to any surgical procedures that are performed to meet 'breed standards' or to correct unwanted behavior in animals.

Cosmetic or non-therapeutic surgical procedures or amputations, such as ear cropping, tail docking, dewclaw removal, and debarking in dogs; declawing in large and domestic cats; debeaking in chickens; de-toeing in turkeys; tail docking in pigs, sheep, and cattle; tail docking and tongue myotomies in horses, for example, are inhumane. The suffering and disfigurement they cause are not offset by any benefits to the animals. Anesthesia is often used for some of the procedures, primarily for companion animals, and has its own risks of disability or death.

Ear cropping, or ear flap amputation, is an inhumane non-therapeutic procedure routinely performed by veterinarians on dogs with naturally drooping ears and is solely done to meet breed standards. Puppies are just 9-12 weeks of age when the ears are cropped, depending upon the maturity of the ear cartilage and surgeon preference. The puppy’s ears, including blood vessels, cartilage, muscle, nerves, and skin, are cut and reshaped so that the ears stand erect (instead of hanging naturally). The ears are subsequently affixed by tape to some form of a rack, usually metal or plastic, for weeks. After the surgical procedure, the puppies may undergo frequent follow-up visits to the veterinarian where the ears are handled and re-taped. The detrimental effects of this procedure are amplified by the fact that the ideal cropping age coincides with a period of development in which traumatic experiences can have a negative effect on the pup’s emotional well-being and future behavior, including permanent aversion to having their ears handled."

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Percysmom
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Apr 12, 2008

To add to the other comments (which I think are all right on) one risk of cropping your dog's ears is getting a botched job. Currently your dog has the perfect ears he was born with. If they're not properly cropped you won't be able to go back and they'll you'll want to kick yourself. My in-laws have had several Dobermans all with cropped ears except for the last one. Some were cropped more extremely than others and all had rough looking edges on their ears that looked like they had been clipped. Sparing their last dog I think was the best decision they could have made and she looked adorable.

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Jill R.
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Apr 12, 2008

No benefit. Even if you were showing him in a dog show, the standard of min pin breed doesn't have to have cropped ears. It is essentially, a cosmetic elective surgury. But, does your dog really need it? No.

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Marta J.
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Apr 12, 2008

Surgery is always a risk. As to benefits there are none. It's for looks only. Show dogs are allowed to be shown now with uncropped ears. I have Pitbulls without cropped ears. My son also and my grandson has a Great Dane. I see no reason to put them through that pain just for looks. I worked at a vet for years. Cropped ears hurt! So do docked tails and declaws. Some say tails and dewclaw don't hurt. Then why do the 3 day old puppies scream bloody murder when it's done. I'm sad to say, but a lot of guys are all about the looks of the dog. To them cropped ears look cool.

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