No, you can’t make Doberman’s ears stand upright without cropping. Although there are suggestions of taping the ears early enough, it doesn’t guarantee that the ears will be erect.
Several dog breeds have their ears naturally standing, but Doberman Pinscher’s ears are congenitally broad and floppy. Besides, the cartilage of the ears is flexible and cannot naturally hold up the ears.
Cropping Your Dog’s Ears
Unless you are a licensed veterinary doctor, you must never attempt to crop your dog’s ears yourself.
Also, not every vet can crop your pet’s ears. It may surprise you to discover that American veterinary schools do not teach ear cropping. The same applies to most vet schools in Canada too.
By implication, vets perfect this cropping practice by learning on the job. Consequently, there is a high possibility of the procedure going wrong when you patronize an inexperienced veterinary doctor.
If you will not put your puppy at risk, you must also ensure that your vet has a license to practice in that state. Only vets with state licenses can do ear cropping. Ask to see their clearance to practice so that you don’t get into trouble.
The procedure may be external, but it can get complicated if the medical know-how is not there. An operation gone wrong can inflict unimaginable pain on the dog for the rest of its life. In several countries, it is against the law to attempt to do it yourself.
Therefore, you must consult a vet doctor to carry out the surgery. After cropping, your fido will take time to heal. We discuss this in the next section.
Ear cropping generally takes between 4 to 8 months to heal completely. Although, the time will also vary based on the natural healing ability the dog possesses.
Meanwhile, there is a procedure to follow to ensure your canine recovers fully. Immediately after surgery, your four-legged friend will need between three to four days to get out from sedation. Loss of appetite isn’t uncommon at this time as well. There are also pain and antibiotics injections that you must give your pooch as recommended by the vet.
You’ll have to limit your Doberman from activities for the next two weeks or till the removal of sutures from the ears.
Doberman Ear Cropping Styles
All cropped ears do not look alike. There are three different cropping styles for Dobermans. These include: