I personally love the look of floppy ears on pit bulls. Something about the goofy looks that are accented by those floppy ears just make me smile. There are different reasons why people crop dog’s ears. What do you think…to let them flop or to crop a pit bull’s ears?
It has been said that ear cropping started because of the dog fighting rings. It was either crop the pit bull’s ears or watch them get bitten and torn off by the other dog. Cropping is still being practiced. Some owners prefer the look of cropped ears over the floppy ears. Other owners get their pit bull’s ears cropped to make them look meaner or tougher. There are owners that get their pit bull’s ears cropped for what they believe to be medical reasons, such as, to prevent ear canal infections and to eliminate the chance of ear flap trauma and infection. Yet, veterinarians have found no evidence of this.
I can not find medical justification for cropping a dog’s pinnas (outer ear). T.J.Dunn, Jr DVM
In order to crop a dog’s ears, the dog needs to be between 6-12 weeks of age. The pup is put under general anesthesia. Normally 2/3 of the ear is removed along with any important nerve endings. Stitches are used to close the cut. The puppy’s ears have to be bandaged for several weeks. The ears need to be checked weekly by the veterinarian and the bandages changed. Like any surgery there could be complications, such as, the ears could become infected, or there may be bleeding, and in some cases the ears may need to be amputated. After being cropped, a pup’s ears will be sensitive and painful for weeks. They can even get phantom pains.
Ear cropping has been banned in some countries. Australia, Canada, and some European countries have banned the practice. Unfortunately America has not banned ear cropping. I believe this practice should be banned everywhere. I am a firm believer that we should love our pit bulls just the way they were made. There is no necessity for cropping ears so why do it? If you are considering getting your pit bull’s ears cropped, please talk to your veterinarian and get their opinion.
Please weigh in on this issue. I’d like to see your pittie…. floppy ears or cropped, I love pit bulls.