Definitely. Even crops that look good from afar can have scar tissue, or the fur on the edges of the ear looks goofy.Kasco said:
Rue2 said:To me cropping and docking are very different.
I have no problem with docking tails IF it's done at 3 days and if it's not too short a dock. It takes about 2 minutes and the puppies are fine as soon as they're back with mom. The tails heal quickly. Argueably there's even a practical element to it...some long tailed dogs do major damage to their tails by wagging, hitting it, etc., and docking as puppy is much less of an issue than amputing the tail of an adult dog. Our retriever (not a docked breed) had major tail issues for the first few years...constantly hitting the tip and it kept splitting open...I was worried he'd need an amputation, but I managed to teach him not to wag it (by making him sit until that initial excitement wore off :roll: ).
Ear crops are another story entirely. The puppies are older. They need to be put under anesthetic. The ears are stitched, taped, fussed with. In this case there's no practical element to it at all anymore. We're not bull-baiting or fighting or anything else in which the ears get damaged. In additon, removing that flap of ear tissue also opens up the ear canal to possible injury, so I see it as a cruel and unneccessary cosmetic surgery.
And on top of it all...I think it's terribly ugly.