I do the same with Rommel, I clean out everything with a q-tip, it doesnt seem clean if I dont. Just curious, but do you think that the GSD ear infections has to do with the amount of fur in the ear?doberkim said:theres no real truth to this statement - some dogs are infection prone and others are not - my cropped doberman and MUCH dirtier ears than both of my natural eared dobermans , for the record. when i "clean" rah's ears or when i did bowie's - i take q-tips and clean out the little nooks and crannies that have the teensiest bit of healthy wax in the ear - they NEVER have build ups, and bowie never had an ear infection in his life with me.
some dogs have poor immune systems, food allergies, and eat crappy food - id say that has a lot more to do with the condition of their ears than if they are cropped/erect ears, or have floppy ears. GSDs get ear infections all the time and their ears are almost all erect.
Oh, and I have to say... Honestly, Before I joined this forum and before I had Rommel, I dont think I would have wanted a natural dobe. Now, I could care less...I almost think it would be cool to have one with a tail and all. I was just used to seeing the cropped/docked doberman, so I wasnt really open to anything else. There are so many pretty natural dobes on here though! And, Now that I have Rommel, I appreciate him for his "doberman personality" and I dont think I would care one way or another...cropped/docked...or not.