Ear Cropping in Dogs

What is ear cropping?

Ear cropping is a surgical procedure that is sometimes performed on dogs to change their appearance. The procedure involves removing a portion of the dog's ear flaps.

Why is ear cropping done?

Ear cropping is sometimes done for cosmetic reasons, but it can also be done for health reasons, such as to prevent ear infections or to improve hearing.

Different techniques 

There are two main techniques for ear cropping: cropping and tipping.

Pros and cons

The pros of ear cropping include a change in appearance, a reduced risk of ear infections, and improved hearing.


The recovery from ear cropping takes about 2 weeks. 


There are several alternatives to ear cropping, such as leaving the ears uncropped or cropping the ears using a less invasive technique.


The risks of ear cropping include pain, bleeding, infection, and the need for anesthesia.

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