To Crop or Not to Crop - That is the Question!
It's your decision, but since you often ask us, here is
Yes, we WILL crop by reservation, but we are opting to
leave as many of our dogs ears "natural" as we can because we are not
fond of the practice of cropping and we encourage those who are on the
fence about whether to crop or not, to "go natural." However, we will
crop for those purchasers who feel the need (or simply the desire) and
we think it is important if you want a top notch special to win in the
breed ring, though a championship is not difficult to obtain with
natural ears. That choice is up to you, but many people ask us our
opinion and simply, we prefer not to subject the puppies to the pain and
risk of death by not waking up from surgery if there is no great need or
strong opinion to the contrary.
You may have heard a rumor that natural ears get more ear
infections than cropped ears. This has definitely NOT been our
experience and we believe it to be a myth created in defense of
cropping. In fact I have inquired of other breeders who have had many
dogs of both cropped and natural ears as we have and all of us have had
ears with less problems when left natural! We have had dogs with cropped
ears with ear infections but the natural earred dogs have not had
infections. (Excluding during the taping and posting stages of both
groups during early puppyhood.) Another thing to consider is that some
dogs are very disturbed by the wind blowing in their ears when the ears
are cropped and that seems unpleasant and unnecessary.
Cropped pups are usually available by special reservation
and tails are always docked. There is an additional cropping and care
fee of $200 for cropped ears. Cropped pups stay an additional two to six
weeks. Natural earred pups can leave at eight weeks of age.
Both natural and cropped pups need taping for what could be many weeks
after they leave us. We offer that instruction to you either by
directing you to webpages or if you are local, by helping you to learn
here at Magna.
Since there are many dogs both cropped and those left
natural on our website, we welcome you to meander for awhile and spend
some time here visiting and clicking on the little pictures in the film
strips to enlarge them or to visit the owners page and the Magna dogs
page. Remember that your dog will hopefully live many years and you will
be looking at those ears from now until then so good care is important
for the few months your dog needs it. Natural ears are easier to care
for than cropped, so think carefully.
TIP: Remember that when you buy your pup you may need
help posting or taping ears. If not your breeder, then make a plan for
success in advance because the outcome is permanent. Veterinarians or
breeders in your area are a possibility though many vets are far less
skilled than breeders. Plan to pay $10 to $30 per visit unless your
breeder has a good friend who lives in your area to support you and will
not charge you. There are some websites online with good instruction,
but frankly, it can be a little overwhelming to do in the beginning
without hands-on instruction and that is one of the services a breeder
provides. Check out the local all breed clubs for Doberman, Great Dane,
and Boxer breeders who may help you for free or a small fee and they are
the experts as many breeders spend a lot more time with the ears at home
than the vets. This is probably your best bet if your breeder is not
close enough to help you.