Friday, November 16, 2012

Doberman Ears

I am currently working with two different Doberman Pinschers.  One owner has chose to crop the Doberman's ears, and one has not.  It is interesting to see the drastically different look in the two dogs.  Generally, when most people think of a Doberman, they think of the dog with cropped ears and a short cropped tail.  Left natural, a Doberman's ears are more flat and flipped forward, like a Labrador Retriever.  Proponents of the crop ear Dobies mark many reasons for having the procedure done including:  less risk of ear infection, being able to better pin point sound, and having the dog recognizable as a Doberman.  Many people train Doberman Pinschers to be guard dogs and crop the ears and tail so that would-be attackers have nothing to grab onto.  Ear cropping is usually done between 7 and 9 weeks of age.  The ear training process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the dog and style of ear crop. There are three different types of ear crops:
1) The military crop.  This is the smallest crop, with a short length and wide base.
2) The medium crop.  Slightly longer length and smaller base.
3) The show crop.  The longest length, with the smallest base.

Duke, 4 months old.
Duke must have his ears re-taped about one a week.

Duke's ear taking a breather...
what a cutie!

Dobermans with cropped ears.

Boomer, 8 months old.
Boomer's ears have not been cropped.

The non-cropped Doberman ears are flat and floppy.

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