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This is a very controversial subject, even within our home.  I prefer the look of a crop.  Some of our Bouviers and Min Pins are cropped.  My husband prefers to not crop as he grew up in The Netherlands where it is banned.

Our puppies leave at approximately 8 weeks old with natural ears.

1) I feel it should be the new owner’s choice to crop or not as it will be their family member.  With them leaving at 8 weeks of age, there is time for a vet of their choice to do the crop for them.

2) Availability of vets to crop ears.  Here in the Northwest it is hard to find a vet that will crop ears.  I have not found one that will do it before 10 weeks of age.   My local vet does it between 12-16 weeks of age.   Another local vet that crops will not do Bouviers at all.  The VCA Hospital in Pasco will at 10  weeks but it’s ptretty expensive.

According to the AMVA (American Veterinary Medical Association)  many organizations, including them, are opposing ear cropping.  They list American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), Canadian Animal Medical Association( CAMA) along with several others.

Ear cropping has been banned in some of Canada, including British Columbia which is the nearest providence to me.

Bouviers originated in Belgium where ear cropping has been illegal since 2006.  It is not allowed in the United Kingdom, Australia along with most European and Scandinavian countries.  Cropped  dogs are not allowed in United Kingdom Kennel events.

Some of the reasons for cropping:  Distinction of breed appearance for conformation shows, alert expression for security and guard dogs, prevention of ear infections, etc.    There are a lot of arguments regarding cropping because of ear infections. One of my vets said that it doesn’t really make a difference in regards to ear infections. Yes, they have long hair and floppy ears so they are prone to ear infection; however, there are several breeds of dogs with long hair on floppy ears that are not cropped:  Cocker Spaniels, Newfoundlands, etc.  My mom’s golden doodle is prone to ear infections.  I had a Bouvier with floppy ears that never had an ear infection.  Personally, I found that cheat grass between toes has been more of an issue than ear infections, even when we lived in town.

Some things to think about before cropping your puppies ears:

1) There is always the risk of losing them as it is a surgery.  I know 2 people who took Min Pins for an ear crop and the puppies died before they came home.

2) There are several trips to the vet.

3)  Picking up something from a vets office – Bella got a cold virus while there and bought it home to our whole kennel.

4)  They need to be watched so that they do scratch at their ears, etc.

5)  Puppies should not be with other puppies and dogs while in wraps.

6) Allergies or complications with the tapes can lead to partial or entire ear loss.  I had a Min Pin that was allergic to the wraps.  Although she had been kenneled by her self where she could stand and her ears didn’t touch anything, she ended up with an infection.  I took the wraps off myself.  If I hadn’t known what to do, I would have had to take her to the ER on Christmas Eve.  When I went in the vet after Christmas, he said she would have lost her ear if I had not taken the wraps off when I had.  He put her on medications, trying to get it to where we could tape her ears but eventually we gave up.

7) Ears that don’t go up right.  A few days after I got Jeltsje, one of her ears curled over backwards.   I took her to my vet that crops and he taped it for me but she started  to get an infection underneath so I had to take the wraps off.

 

Puppies ears are natural when they leave our home

The only time they are cropped when they leave is if it’s an older puppy that we intended to keep.  Our vet does not crop ears until they are 12-16 weeks of age.  When puppies go home, their ears can be floppy or they could be standing. There are several variables to whether ears will go up or stay floppy:  genetics, ear leather, dips in the ear, teething, growing, etc.  Ears need calcium so when they are growing and teething, the calcium may not be going to the ears and I’ve even seen ears that were up drop for a while or ears not go up until they were one years old.  It is also hard to know what your puppies ears will do as an adult and we can not guarantee it.  We often found the smaller ones in the litter have ears go up sooner.

My preference – depends on the dog and what their ears look like, especially compared to their head.  My biggest warning on ear crops – look at previous ear crops the vet has done, even if it’s just pictures.  I’ve seen some horrible ear crops.  I did not like the short crop with more bell.  Our local vet does nice, beautiful straight cuts and the ears match.

Are you ready for the work, time involved, crops that don’t stand or complications?  I now know 2 people that have lost their pups while having their ears cropped.  I’ve had some ear crops that only took 3 weeks and 3 vet trips to stand nicely and I’ve had some that totally failed after months of bandaging. One person had to take their puppy back several times for more surgeries.  Some ears fold over backwards.    I know a few experienced with ear cropped dogs that have had pieces of the ear die because of the wraps.  They must be kept separate from any other dogs, puppies, etc.  There is a lot of work and time involved.

https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/LiteratureReviews/Documents/dogs_ear_cropping_bgnd.pdf   AVMA Literature review

http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/ear-cropping-ban-spreads-to-western-canada/  British Columbia bans ear cropping 2015

http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/diseasesconditionsfaqs/qt/QT_cheatgrass.htm  Cheat Grass

Are you ready for the work, time involved, crops that don’t stand or complications?  I now know 2 people that have lost their pups while having their ears cropped.  I’ve had some ear crops that only took 3 weeks and 3 vet trips to stand nicely and I’ve had some that totally failed after months of bandaging. One person had to take their puppy back several times for more surgeries.  Some ears fold over backwards.    I know a few experienced with ear cropped dogs that have had pieces of the ear die because of the wraps.  They must be kept separate from any other dogs, puppies, etc.  There is a lot of work and time involved.

Puppy buyers have recommended the VCA Hospital in Tacoma  http://www.vcahospitals.com/pacific-avenue