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Old 03-23-2008, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How old is too old for ear cropping?

I'm not familair with ear cropping, but I wanted to know how old it too old for a doberman to get its ears cropped?
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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my vet likes to do it between 6 and 8 weeks, but has pushed it to 9-10.

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Old 03-23-2008, 06:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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my vet likes to do it between 6 and 8 weeks, but has pushed it to 9-10.

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So anything above 10 is too much?
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I think some people have waited as long as 14 weeks to do it, but the chances of them standing at that point are not really worth it especially if it is a nice long crop. If you do decide to crop do it as early as you can, and have a professional with a lot of doberman cropping experience do it for you to ensure it is an appropriate shape and length.
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think some people have waited as long as 14 weeks to do it, but the chances of them standing at that point are not really worth it especially if it is a nice long crop. If you do decide to crop do it as early as you can, and have a professional with a lot of doberman cropping experience do it for you to ensure it is an appropriate shape and length.
My dog is 12 weeks old and I want to get his ears show cropped, but I am not sure if the effects of it are not worth it or they won't stand up right I won't do it.
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So anything above 10 is too much?
I don't think 10 is too late, from what I've read. Anything over 12 weeks and the ears may not stand. They might, but may need to be posted for a very long time, (over a year of age), and even then, they may never stand.
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My dog is 12 weeks old and I want to get his ears show cropped, but I am not sure if the effects of it are not worth it or they won't stand up right I won't do it.

If you're willing to post and keep posting, there's probably a good chance they'll stand, but I'd get on it.
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it really depends on the dog's ear leather. I would get him into a vet ASAP and see what they think. a shorter crop is easier to stand than a long show crop - and again even being able to do a show crop depends on the dogs ears shape and leather.

do you have a vet that is good at cropping? it is an art, much like human plastic surgery. I would not go to any old vet to have it done. you can get some good recommendations from folks here. you'll just have to let us know where you are.

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it really depends on the dog's ear leather. I would get him into a vet ASAP and see what they think. a shorter crop is easier to stand than a long show crop - and again even being able to do a show crop depends on the dogs ears shape and leather.

do you have a vet that is good at cropping? it is an art, much like human plastic surgery. I would not go to any old vet to have it done. you can get some good recommendations from folks here. you'll just have to let us know where you are.

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according to my vet, 9 to11 weeks is optimum. your pups ear cartilage should complete formation at 15 to 16 weeks. if you are worried about the standing go to House of Hoytt: Dobermans , he is a breeder in tenn. who sells a brace that i have personally used , and can say that it works better than anything than i have ever seen. the brace is light and allows the inside of the ear to breathe normally. after about 10 min. the pup will forget that it is even on their head.
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have read in books and found out from club members not to wait after 14 weeks reason being thickened ear cartilage (harder to heal or could take longer) and a more finky(sp?) dobe pup.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I agree with the others, find an experienced vet, that has the best interest of your happiness with the job, and not the money to be made from the crop. I would be honest with them, and let them know that you are aware that he is on the older side of being cropped. Tell them that you only want them done if they feel confident that they are going to stand.

With that being said, my boy turned 14 weeks the day after he had his ears cropped. The vet was experienced with Doberman crops, and had to see him for a consultation before doing the procedure. We got a mediumish crop, although it looks long now, he has a lot of growing left to do. My vet doesn't like to do Doberman's past 14 weeks, and will do them only after a consultation. She said he had good leather, and great ear strength. :biggrin55:

Here is a picture they took for me when he went in one week after he had his crop done for a re-taping. He is probably the exception to the rule.



Good luck, and be sure to let us know what you decide! Oh, and I was worried about having it done, too, but am so glad now that we went ahead and did it.
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