Is Ear Cropping Beneficial to Your Dog?


In our modern times, many have come to question the need or advisability of cropping the ears of dogs. In fact, some countries have gone as far as to ban the practice.

The aspect of animal cruelty comes into play in that many people will argue that there is no medical, physical, environmental or cosmetic advantage for the dog to have the ear flaps surgically altered. And to subject any dog to the “disfiguring” and unnecessary surgical procedure and subsequent taping and bandaging that sometimes needs to be done after the surgery amounts to animal cruelty and is indefensible.

There are others that will argue that for some dogs, the cropped ear will help prevent ear canal infections and make the opportunity for pinna trauma and infection much less likely.


The fact is that ear infections are common in all sorts of breeds, whether they have cropped ears or not. There is no medical justification for cropping a dog’s ear. So the choice to crop a dog’s ears is a personal decision that a purebred dog owner needs to weigh carefully.


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