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Is 12 weeks too late to crop and dock?

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I am talking to a breeder about adopting a pup that's 12 weeks old. They have said that she will be cropped and docked tomorrow if we were to agree the sale.

Question - Is 12 weeks too late? I know above it says 7-9 weeks is the window of opportunity, but some other sources of information are saying up to 12 weeks is okay, but no later than that.

Any/all feedback is appreciated
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Hi all,

I am talking to a breeder about adopting a pup that's 12 weeks old. They have said that she will be cropped and docked tomorrow if we were to agree the sale.

Question - Is 12 weeks too late? I know above it says 7-9 weeks is the window of opportunity, but some other sources of information are saying up to 12 weeks is okay, but no later than that.

Any/all feedback is appreciated
Just to add, I am living in the UK where it is illegal to crop ears and dock tails, so although I'm speaking directly to a breeder, they are based out in Croatia.
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12 weeks is risky.

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It kind of pushes the envelope and I assume you've never dealt with cropped ears and posters since you are in the UK it is at best "risky".

Obviously there are exceptions and puppies are sometimes cropped that late and occasionally even later and with proper aftercare have succeeded in getting ears to stand. But failed crops are rather more commonly the rule.

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Thanks both. It sounds to me like it isn't something I should be pressing ahead with, so I think I'm going to have to ask the pup to be shipped as is, or turn my attentions elsewhere.

Really appreciate the help!
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Thanks both. It sounds to me like it isn't something I should be pressing ahead with, so I think I'm going to have to ask the pup to be shipped as is, or turn my attentions elsewhere.

Really appreciate the help!
Update: I have since spoken with the breeder and arranged to reserve a puppy in their next litter (August)
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