Critter Corner: Why Dobermans and other breads get “cropped”

Dear Critter Corner: I was recently surprised to learn that Doberman Pinscher dogs have naturally long and curly tails and floppy ears. Every one I had previously seen has a short bobtail and sharp, pointy ears. What is the point of cutting their tails and ears?

The process of removing a dog’s tail is commonly referred to as “docking,” while the removal of the flaps on a dog’s ears is referred to as “cropping.” Docking is done to young puppies within days after birth, with the argument that they will not remember it and heal quickly. They will yelp in pain during the procedure. Cropping is done within the

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