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Ear Cropping

Corrective otoplasties and Ear Cropping are medical and cosmetic surgical procedures of the ear.

Ear cropping surgeries are typically performed on over 20 different CKC/AKC registered breeds. Breeds, such as Cane Corso, Doberman Pinschers, Boxers, Great Danes, Beaucerons, and Schnauzers. Genetics have dictated which breeds’ ears can be successfully cropped to stand erect. nature provided strong ear muscles – but man bred for weak ears in the hounds to produce a drooping ear.


More than just looks but a part of Preservation and Protection in some purebred breeds Preservation:

Perhaps to the average pet owner breed standards do not mean much, and this is okay. The pet owner has the amenity of enjoying the success of a breeder’s labor by getting that longed for breed of choice.

A good breeder however is more of a curator for a living museum. The breeder preserves and protects the breed as its original architect designed it to be. The breeder breeds the best specimens who meet the standard of perfection in order to pass along its purpose and history for future generations to enjoy. The educated breeder understands that purebreds did not come easily into our lives and once gone will never come back to us as we know them today. Right now we are not so lucky to be in Canada where we used to have the freedom to enjoy our purebreds where veterinarian and client work together for the betterment of the dog and not cower to radical beliefs. Often radical beliefs are designed to instill fear to the public in order to build support for eliminating purebred dogs. Other countries have not been as lucky and have had the docking and cropping bans for years unlike Canada who still has a fighting chance. We continue to fight for our breeds and traditions.

In countries where beneficial procedures such as cropping and docking have been eliminated the working breeds as we know are all but disappearing. We must understand that today, every cropped or docked breed is a representation of its glorious history. It is an ambassador for the breed and its fight to stay alive.



Ear Taping & Bonding

Ear Hematomas

With upright ears there is good evaporation of the moisture. But floppy ears close off the ear canal and don’t allow good evaporation. You then get a dark, warm, moist environment which make a great breeding ground for microorganisms.

Most commonly, ear infections can be treated with a professional cleaning followed by medication given at home. Your veterinarian may prescribe topical and/or oral medicine. It is not uncommon for some dogs to have recurrent ear infections.

If chronic ear infections are untreated they will lead to permanent damage to the ear canal. Over time this worsens, leading to hardening of the cartilage of the ear and disruption in the normal function of the canal lining. When an ear gets to this point it is impossible to completely resolve the infection, and the only solution is to surgically remove the ear canal (total ear canal ablation, or TECA).

Chronic or recurrent ear infections are very frustrating to deal with as a pet owner and can cause significant discomfort .

Ear surgeries have improved from those performed twenty or thirty years ago. Ear Cropping involves the reshaping, sculpturing, and contouring of the outer ear flap (pinna) to complete an erect standing ear, properly balanced and proportioned to the pet’s conformation.

This involves placing the puppy under general anesthesia which with all surgeries including sterilizations, creates risk. The surgery is ideally performed between 7-20 weeks of age, depending on breed of dog (see ideal age chart). While most dog owners choose to have this surgery for aesthetic reasons, the patient luckily benefits from the resultant health benefits long after the surgery.

Most veterinarians would agree that the incidence of ear infections in breeds with erect standing ears is far less than those in breeds with droopy, pendulous ears.

An experienced practitioner involved in many medical and surgical cases of the ear, would undeniably support this claim. That is why we support our veterinarians and our cropped breeds!

Ear Infection