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So I am looking for a puppy, bc I have young kids. I feel like with a pup, you know what the dog has experienced, and you can control the socialization process. I am hesitant to introduce an older dog with uncertain experiences to my young kids. While I understand that it may be impossible to predict any dog's reaction with complete certainty, I feel more comfortable with a pup I've raised. I might be wrong to assume this, but I raised my first dog from a pup and felt very comfortable that she was sufficiently socialized.
Regarding cropping ears, from an outside perspective, I don't get it. The American standard states that ears are "normally" cropped, but not a requirement. What is most confusing is that a breeders ability to cut and tape an ear doesn't have anything to with the genetic makeup and health of the dog. I would think cropping a dog's ears would only introduce a risk to an otherwise perfect dog. You could breed a beautiful animal, with great pedigree and then through human error injure or infect a gorgeous, healthy dog. I have heard a number of responses from breeders in my search for a natural eared pup, most of them discouraging, as I definitely feel like I touched a nerve by simply asking. The most understandable response was that it is difficult to re-home a natural eared dobe, if something were to happen to potential owner. One of the responses I don't understand is the reasoning that an uncropped ears is more likely to be infected. If this were the case, I think we would see more cocker spaniels with cropped ears. A responsible owner checks/cleans their dogs ears no matter the breed. I just find it really disheartening at how difficult it is to find a good natural pup from a reputable breeder. It is certainly a barrier to the Doberman community, and I can imagine someone less discerning could be pushed toward BYB's, which is even worse, or more concerning, for the breed.
Excuse my frustration.