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Old 08-02-2015, 05:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If your gsd dogs ears won't stand. Can you have a vet crop them to make them stand?
Just curious. Haven't seen this talked about
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Old 08-02-2015, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ear cropping is no longer popular and few vets would do it on a breed that is traditionally not cropped.
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there are many countries which no longer allow cropping or docking - including Dobermann and Rottweilers
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Putting aside the whole cropping debate, I'll give you the practical answer.

If a dog's ears are not standing, and they are past the age that they are going to stand, then cropping would not make them stand. For example, when a Doberman puppy's ears are cropped, they are taped and "posted" for several months, so they stand. Pretend that ear cartilage is kind of like cardboard that is wet, and you want to make it dry standing up. That's why you tape ears, to let them set.

Anyway, the short answer is you don't crop shepherds ears.
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ooops forgot to add, that a dog whose ears are down, and the ear cartilage is broken, is not going to be able to to have those ears stand.
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Not to mention cropping should only be done at a young age around 8 weeks or so, with an older dog its much more painful but the cartilage has already hardened so it won't do anything but make the dog look worse.
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No you do not crop a German Shepherds ears.
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Old 08-02-2015, 10:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You wouldn't 'crop' a shepherds ears anyway, they would look off/odd. Cropping is just cutting the ear into a shape, it has nothing to do with the actual upright nature of the ear. POSTING the ear is what gets it to stand. For example, if you crop/cut a dobe's ears and don't post it , they will just be floppy and an odd shape. You have to post the ears. If the shepherd's ears aren't standing, you would post/tape the ears up and try to help them stand. You would never crop/cut them.
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Try the ear sub-forum here LOTS of posts about how to help get the ears of a GSD to stand if they aren't doing it naturally after teething/7-11 months, including feeding special foods.
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Cropping is a joke. It's only utility was really in dog fights for pitbulls etc. for opposing dogs to have less to bite onto.

Since dog fighting is illegal and disgusting, and since there is no utility.. There is absolutely no reason to crop.

Now cropping a gsds ears... Well that just meat headed. Don't do it. And I doubt it would make it look like the ears are standing anyways. Not to mention it would look rediculous if it somehow did work.

Just because some people do it because it 'looks cool'.. Even if accepted by a breed std. Does not make it right.

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