why do pitbulls get their ears cropped

Elective surgery for dogs: It may sound odd, but itБs exactly what some purebreds undergo shortly after birth. Two surgical procedures -- ear cropping and tail docking -- have long been routine in certain breeds like Dobermans, German shorthaired pointers, and schnauzers. But an increasing number of experts and animal organizations argue that just because something is the norm doesnБt mean itБs OK. Docking -- removing part or all of a dogБs tail, usually with surgical scissors -- is done when a dog is just a few days old and her tailБs still Бsoft. Б This surgery is also known as Бbobbing. Б
БDockingБs usually performed by a veterinarian or breeder without anesthesia, the rationale being that although it certainly causes pain, the puppy isnБt fully alert yet and wonБt remember it,Б says Emily Patterson-Kane, PhD, an animal welfare scientist at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Patterson-Kane doesnБt support the procedure herself. Cropping -- cutting off the floppy part of a dogБs ear -- is usually performed on anesthetized dogs between 6 and 12 weeks old. The ears are then taped to a hard surface for several weeks while they heal so they stay upright. Tail docking is banned in many parts of the world, including Australia and the U. K. In the U. S. , these procedures are unregulated -- meaning they are not banned or controlled. But they are highly controversial. New York and Vermont have considered legislation to ban them, but neither state has so far. The American Kennel Club (AKC) says the practices are Бintegral to defining and preserving breed characterБ in certain breeds. But the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) opposes docking and cropping.

БThe most common reason for cropping and docking is to give a dog a certain look. That means it poses unnecessary risks,Б Patterson-Kane says. б б б Docked tails can also develop a neuroma, or nerve tumor. This can cause pain and make your dog snappy if her tail is touched. Studies show that dogs communicate emotions like anger and excitement by wagging their tails, so docking Бmay interfere with your dogБs ability to interact with other dogs,Б says Andy Roark, a veterinarian at Cleveland Park Animal Hospital in Greenville, S. C. An American Pit Bull Terrier should NEVER have its tail docked (cut). I've seen it in vintage photos from the 1900's but assumed the breed was still in its early years of being accepted as a purebred with breed standards and thus the tail was docked due to personal preference toward its bulldog background, or because I was actually looking at an early Boston terrier, which were hard to distinguish from an.

Anywho, the cropped ears are traditional of being a working dog, many of the mastiff and early bulldog types had cut ears to show they're working dogs and this might have also been a form of ownership ID to distinguish particular dogs from the stray masses. (This is still done with many mastiff/herding breeds in their native countries. ) To cut a dog's tail because it bangs against your leg or sweeps junk off a table is ridiculous, as there are over 200+ purebred dogs to choose from and to modify the tail on a naturally tailed breed is arguably selfish. I've watched my own dogs' cropping surgeries and don't think the pain post surgery is much different between having it done on a young pup or an older one, as the amount of discomfort varies in individual dogs and the aftercare of the incision.

My dogs were cropped short and didn't need to be bandaged or taped, which seems to increase the chance of irritation. Some people prefer to let the dog mature before they crop so they know what length of ear will best suit them, though as the ear grows the folds set in and usually makes for a shorter crop anyway. There was some itching as they healed but no worse than a spay or healing from other invasive injuries. Of course, some people do illegal and terribly cruel home ear crops that involve tying the pup's legs and pinning the ears to a board to hold them while cutting with scissors, without any pain medication and the dog being fully awake. Totally barbaric and the ears usually are obvious due to lack of skill and the pup moving from the pain and restriciton. If someone can justify this procedure, please let me know.

Yes, I'm aware that some dogmen and most urban thugs commonly cut their own pups but that doesn't make it acceptible any more than neutering a dog w/out anethstesia (not that there'a a lot of that going on as looks take presidence over controlling population. ). offers and will always love a friendly, stable example with the ugliest conformation over a gorgeous breed standard ideal with rotten temperament. I wouldn't suggest someone crop any more than I'm tolerant of people condemning me for cropping. I lean toward helping cropped dogs out of the shelters, though, as they have the hardest image problem when disposed of into the system. , it's a matter of personal preference and both crop and natural is accepted in the breed standards. Docking the tail is not as it's considered a working breed just like the Australian Cattle Dog (heeler), which many lunkheads also dock.