I don't understand these laws. If these clubs want to stay true to the "idea" of the breed, why would they ban and make illegal some of the qualities that make a breed so recognizable? I think we all know why the doberman was breed. and why the tails are docked. So a person can not hold it by the tail and use it as a handle, or break it and cause great pain that will definately affect the dogs willingness to protect its family and/or property. And the cropping, to lessen the chance of tearing an ear, which would also affect their willingness to do its job, or so it can hear better. A chance to move the ear to pick up sound waves. Now, I'm not saying that you HAVE to do these things to make it a true doberman, BUT I firmly believe that an owner should have the OPTION to perform these surgeries under the supervision of a trained proffesional. And like it was stated on an earlier post, BYBs will perform these modifications on their own. That will probably lead to bad croppings and dockings from people that are just looking for a buck. If the government banned ear piercings in infants, do you think all children under the age og 18 will be pierce free? I really doubt it, they will have people that don't know what they are doing do it. Also, if they ban it, doesn't that act make it "rare", which would up the price of it? And what about dew claws? are the banned from being removed?