What is the Purpose of Dog Ear Cropping?
Ear cropping is believed to have started in ancient Rome. A portion of the dog’s ear is removed surgically, so that the cartilage stands erect. This practice was intended to prevent injury to dogs that were raised for working, hunting or fighting. In case of fighting and hunting dogs, floppy ears could be bitten off. Floppy ears are also prone to vermin bites, which can lead to fatal ear infection. It was also believed that ear cropping makes the animal look more ferocious and alert.
• Battle Crop — This is the shortest available ear crop. Since this is such as low cut it will not allow for protection from dirt and insects.
• Short Crop — This ear cropping is a little longer than that of the battle crop. There is only about two thirds of the original ear left.
• Show Crop — This medium crop that is a little longer and taller than the show crop. This is the most requested ear cropping for show dogs. It gives off an alert look. This crop is the one which requires the most attention and time.You will spend more time wrapping and posting the ears than with others since there is a higher risk of the ears not correctly standing.
• Long Crop — The long crop is the longest ear cropping that can be done. It only leaves three quarters of the original ear. This is available for pit bulls.
Currently, the most common ear crop styles are the short and show styles.
It’s important to choose an ear crop style before you go looking for a vet, because some vets will only perform one style of crop.