What age to have the ears cropped?

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Ill be picking my new dobie up in August when she is 7 weeks old. I was just curious at what age should you have the ears cropped if you decide to do so?

 

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Steve

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Hey Steve,

My dobie Lucian is actually getting his ears cropped tomorrow morning.  He is 11 weeks old and my vet said he prefers to do it between 10 and 12 weeks of age.  He stated to me that if you wait past 4 months you will have more of a difficult time training the ears to stand but then again I have heard differently elsewhere. I guess it really depends on the vet that you go to but it is always good to ask around and see pics of the vet's past ear crops to make sure that he/she does excellent work.

 

Sincerely,

Jena

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Jen,

Thanks for the good advice. I hadnt really thought of asking for pictures of the vets past crops, thats a great idea.

Steve

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Oh, dear .... Steve, it's a red flag that your breeder is letting the puppy go home at 7 weeks (some states have laws stipulating that puppies can not leave until at least 8 weeks, and for good reasons) *and* that they are not cropping the puppy before it leaves.  Responsible breeders take care of this for you making sure it is done at the appropriate time by a qualified and skilled vet rather than leaving it in the hands of novices.  They make sure that the ears are healed before leaving, and they school you in how to post the ears appropriately. 

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Jena - Seven weeks old is a little early but not unusual. I know you are excited, but you might ask if she can stay that extra week. I picked up Princess from her breeder a day or so over 9 weeks. She was the next to last to leave, with the last one the next day.

By all means, check out the experience your vet has in cropping Dobie ears. Fortunately, I have a local vet in S. Georgia that I have used for almost 20 years and does a good job. I do not get the very long show cut, but what I consider a long cut, but what may today be called a medium cut.

She was cropped at 12 weeks after an initial exam at 9 weeks and a follow up at 11 weeks. Each time the vet massaged her ears to determine the thickness of the ears and how the cartilage was developing. He then scheduled the surgery when he felt the ears had matured to the right time.

Princess was the seventh of my Dobies that he has done in the last 20 years and the first time he has used the cup on the head immediately after surgery. I credit that with the easy time I had in getting her ears to stand. The following photos have been posted before, but I will post them again.

First is my little cone head:

Next is the first posting as applied by the vet:

Finally, after one weeks posting:

Princess with her ears standing after only one weeks posting is an exception. Plan on posting the ears for 5 to 6 weeks. There are several methods, I use an old method of making the posts from wrapping sticks with padding and tape, and then using them to post the ears.

We can get into more detail later after the little lady is home and situated. But it is certainly not too soon to have the discussion with your vet and/or seek out another with good experience. If you vet has not done Dobie ears before, I would definitely find one who is experienced. Your vet may be good in other areas, but the cropping of Dobie ears is as much an art as it is a medical procedure.

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Sage was 11 weeks old & ears already cropped when I took ownership. I've owned two other Dobes in years past and both did not have ears already cropped prior to bringing into my home. The posting of the ears post-op can be a long process that should be researched thoroughly prior to having Zoey's ears cropped. I emailed you a list of websites you might find useful. Here on this site is an excellent section on ear cropping; 

http://www.gentledoberman.com/doberman-pinscher-ear-cropping

Here is another excellent link on taping/posting cropped ears;

http://www.altobellodobermann.com/ears/Ear-taping2.htm  

BTW, welcome to the site, which is also an excellent Dobe resource along with friendly folks.

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I got Kratos' ears done at 11 weeks old...