Ear Cropping and Tail Docking, Pros and Cons

DOG FANCY readers support alerting dog owners to ear cropping and tail docking risks.

By | Posted: Sat May 5 00:00:00 PDT 2001

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The Denver-based American Animal Hospital Association tops a list of veterinary associations that signed on to the resolution. "Owners should be informed," said Janice Trumpeter, DVM, an AAHA staff veterinarian. "People think they need to have this done for medical reasons. They don't."

The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights of Davis, Calif., began campaigning seven years ago for such a policy statement, said board member Holly Cheever, DVM. "We're happy to see AVMA take a more aggressive stance," she said, adding that AVAR would endorse legislation outlawing the procedures unless they're performed for medical purposes.

DOG FANCY asked for your opinion about the AVMA statement. We've tabulated the responses and selected many of your decisive and heart-felt comments for this report.



  • "I am the elated owner of an American Pit Bull Terrier that still has her own beautiful rosebud ears. Not for one second would I even consider chopping off a part of her body. My stepdaughter works for a veterinarian and told me pathetic stories of puppies whimpering in cages, waiting to heal from this gross mutilation. I believe it would be a very good practice to inform clients about the pain and the danger. Knowledge is power."

  • "I think breed registries should disqualify cropped ears as they have in England. I have a vet who just won't do ear cropping."

  • "When we got our Dobie from the breeder, his tail was already docked. Initially, we were going to have his ears cropped. Everyone does it. He wouldn't be a proper Dobie without it, right? Wrong! He may not fit the perception of what a Dobie is supposed to look like, but he's happy, healthy and the cutest Doberman you've ever seen. We couldn't find any good reason to put him through the pain of surgery and the discomfort of having his ears taped up all that time."

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    Rijan   Skopje, International

    3/29/2013 9:03:05 AM

    giggles46 a dog is a part of the family,but he isnt a fucking human,and also i would to it to one of my kids if they didnt need that part of the body and it posed a threat to them(ear diseases) and also there is anesthesia for minimal discomfort

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    Pitgrandma   Covington, VA

    6/9/2012 10:26:10 AM

    It hurts them. That should be reason enough not to do it. How hard is that to understand?

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    giggles46   Azusa, CA

    5/17/2011 7:13:45 PM

    A pet is part of the family , how could it be ok to cut off a piece of his body? Would you do it to one of your own kids? A dog can't say yes or no so what gives some people the right to do these mutilations to these animals?

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    fran   brunswick, GA

    5/25/2009 4:51:24 PM

    i've owned dobie's & had there ear's done those dogs loved me to their dying day now i have red nose pits and will have their ear's cropped it is a personal preference what you like as a dog lover

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