Re: Tapping ears without a crop?

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Hi there, I'm from New Zealand where cropping any dogs ear is illegal. I will be purchasing my first puppy (have had dobermans in my family since a young boy in the Philippines) and I really want its ears to be up right.

Can anyone give me advice on what options I may have please? I know there's an option of importing but from my calculations it works out to be very costly.

Does anyone know what its like, looks like, what happen.. if you tapped a Dobermans ears up without the crop?

Thanks for taking your time to read.

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Hi and welcome.

I didn't realize that they had made it illegal in NZ too.  Thought they had only outlawed it in Europe, stupid uninformed animal rights activists! >:(
I mean back in the day, yeah it was a nasty thing but nowadays, heck, my little girl was more pampered than most people in community hospitals!  Not to mention they even use lasers & anesthesia comparable to what's used on humans now...

That's a good thought about taping, but unfortunately I don't think you'd have much success with that tactic.  Don't know if you've ever been around an "natural" eared Dobe, but their ears are pretty darned big!  I would bet that the weight of the ear flap is way too heavy for what even hardened cartilage could hold up.  Not to mention that ear cropping is such an art. I've seen dozens of crops (a lot more bad than good) and I'd think all that ear, even if you got it to stand, would make the poor guy/gal look like dumbo :(

It sounds terrible, but sometimes there are rogue vets that will still perform the surgery.  You might want to look up local Doberman clubs and discreetly ask around... you never know.  The other option would be to import the dog from somewhere like the US, already cropped.  You're right, the shipping would be expensive and additionally I'm not sure what New Zealand's quarantine laws are.  Just another thing you might want to look into.  I know the UK's is something ridiculous like 6 months.  But if you can't find someone out there to do it for you it might be the only option?

I hope this helps and that you might be able to find someone to do the surgery for you (safely and well).  If it's any consolation, I know 2 uncropped Dobes and they're still awesome dogs :D

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Thanks for your help!

I think I will just have to obey the laws and love my Doberman with his big ears  :)