OK I have a stupid question.... I am also someone who prefers a shorter crop - not a show crop. Now it's my understanding that Dobes are not truly judged on their ear length so really if the ears are a little bit shorter in the show ring are they going to be penalized on the length? I have seen dogs in the show ring with the same length as my dogs ears which is not a show crop and placed if not won. Heck some natural eared dobes are wining. I have also seen some crops that look terrible who place.