Ear Cropping


“If you crop your dog’s ears you should punch yourself in the face and then slice your own ears off”.

This is a comment that I recently read in a Facebook group and it hit me pretty hard! Personally, I think it is totally unacceptable to shame other people for having thoughts and opinions that differ from your own. I wanted to use this post as an opportunity to educate others and promote a respectful, non-judgmental, and non-violent way to discuss ear cropping.

Ready to get down to business? Let’s talk about this very controversial topic!

Overview: Ear cropping is a process in which the ears of certain breeds (American Bully, Cane Corso, Doberman Pinscher, etc) are transformed to look alert and erect. The different types of ear crops are Battle crop, Short crop, Show crop, and Long crop.

Costs: Ear cropping costs can range from $100 to more than $600. If you spend more money, it does not necessarily mean that you’re getting a better procedure or treatment.

Pros & Cons: 80% of dogs who have cropped ears are less likely to get ear infections. When not properly cleaned and cared for, cropped ears can cause pain and discomfort for dogs.

Surgery & Care: During surgery, each ear is cut to give a pointed look. After the cut is finished, stitches are placed and the ears are securely taped. After surgery, pain meds are usually given and it is important to disinfect the ears and use an ointment daily.

The choice to keep the flop or go with the crop is totally up to you. Make sure to talk with an experienced vet and weigh the pros and cons before you make a decision. 

Did you decide to keep the flop or go with the crop? Drop us a comment!

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  • Guy Carrell on

    I have a rescue american bully no cropped ears, both ears stand straight up. They are big ears but cute with the bat ears

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