I am new to the world of Dobermans, though I have always been intrigued by the breed. They are elegant, beautiful, and tough at the same time. They steal my attention whenever they show up. So after losing my 14 year old pup this past year, I have decided to research more about a potential Dobe pup for our family. So as I have asked around and looked for some breeders, I have found it very difficult to find a breeder that is willing to provide a pup uncropped. While I understand the need to dock a dog's tail to prevent from potential injury perhaps. I don't understand why it's so difficult to find a Doberman with natural ears. Is it a commitment to the old standard perhaps? I almost feel like I am being disrespectful to the breed, just asking for a natural pup. Could someone provide some insight into this? My search has been confined to the mid to north atlantic area.