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Ear Cropping

Discussion in 'Boxer Anatomy and Physiology' started by Keoki, Jul 17, 2011.

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  1. Keoki

    Keoki Boxer Buddy

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    Not sure if I'm posting this in the right place. If not, sorry.

    I had a question about cropping our pups ears. We really like the look of cropped ears, but i wasn't exactly sure about the whole process/after care. I've done a little research and did see that it's hard to find a vet who does a great job.

    I just wanted to see what the thoughts of other members were on this.

    Thanks in adv!
     
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  2. johann

    johann Boxer Insane

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    How old is your puppy? Ear cropping needs to be done early (less than 12 weeks) to be successful.

    If you do go ahead and crop, please find some good breeders in your area and get a referral for a good vet to crop. That way you end up with a boxer with boxer ears...not pit/dobe/great dane/cane corso ears.
     
  3. Keoki

    Keoki Boxer Buddy

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    We don't have him yet, but when we get him he will be 8-9 weeks. I'm just trying to get some info early on so that we can decide. My biggest fear is having someone mess his ears up.
     
  4. jzaun

    jzaun Boxer Booster

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    Kate is correct in finding a reputable vet who will do it. There are quite a large number of vets (at least in our area) who will not crop ears. We were very fortunate in finding a vet who has done multiple show crops and came highly recommended. The hardest part was just getting Betty home and having to take her in for the crop. We had her ears done at 10 weeks, if I remember right. Your vet may want to take a look at your puppy's ears before he sets up an appt. for the crop. Just be sure you are ready for WEEKS of taping and ear maintenance after the healing of the crop. Your puppy will most likely wear a silly looking paper cup on top of his/her head until it falls off. The ears will look like little worms curled up on top of their head for a time. Once stitches come out and they are healed, the posting and taping of the ears will start. It is time consuming, and yes, it is a painful procedure to put them through. Would I do it again? I'm not sure. I do like the look of a good ear crop, and at the time we had Betty done, we were looking into sending her to the show ring. My only suggestion to you would be to be sure you have the time and patience to follow through with the posting and taping. Good luck and let us know what you decide.
    Julie
    Mom to Betty, flashy fawn, cropped, docked
     
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    You need to check around and find a "show" breeder and see who they recommend. I've seen some people recommend a vet that does a terrible job. And to be honest, most vets cannot do a good job. I would much rather see ears left natural than a bad job.

    But, I love my guys cropped.

    The aftercare will also be very, very important. Some ears will be up with just a few tapings, while others need to be taped for sometimes 6-12 months. You need to be aware of that. If you get frustrated and stop, the ears look terrible. Finding a show breeder is very important.

    Hope this helps

    :)
     
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    Sansal Boxer Insane

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    Personally I would never put my puppy through a painful surgery just to make the ears look a certain way. So my advice would be to leave them just the way they are ;) if you decide to have them done I hope you can find a skilled vet and be prepared for months of work. Good luck!
     
  7. Keoki

    Keoki Boxer Buddy

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    Thank you

    I appreciate the responses. After thinking about it I think we're going to keep our little guys ears natural. Not because of the work, but I don't think we want to put him through any pain. Also if something were to go wrong I wouldn't want to risk it and feel horrible about it.

    Thanks again for your help!!
     
  8. elgerdes

    elgerdes Completely Boxer Crazy

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    When we got Zoe, we talked about cropping her ears. We read about the procedure, and decided against it. But I'm glad we did! I love to play with her floppy ears, and "nibble" them (nibble really isn't the right term though!)

    Plus you can watch the ears flap around when he does boxer burns!
     
  9. Roge

    Roge Boxer Insane

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    I also love the floppy ears, it adds to the beautiful mushie face
     
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