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Crop or not to crop

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by HeyJude, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. HeyJude

    HeyJude Puppy

    RoxyGirl.JPG What do you folks think? Should I crop them or no? The breeder I got her from crops all his dogs ears and he says he doesn't have to tape them.
  2. TannerG

    TannerG Boss Member

    I think that is a decision that is completely up to you. I myself dont like crops so I wouldnt do it if it was my dog
  3. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    Personally I won't crop for aesthetic reasons...but I can understand/respect that others want that. So my 2 biggest pieces of advice is 1) make sure you do your research and use a vet (even if it costs more) that is well versed in the procedure. We've seen tons and tons of bad crop jobs on this forum. And 2) make sure you provide proper after care-so so important.

    Your pup looks kind of old/big to be getting cropt...how old is she? There is a certain age that you shouldn't cropt after and it's because of the timeframe of the development of the ears (cartiledge I believe).
  4. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Yeah totally your preference. I love natural ears, especially a nice rose ear or semi prick.. some crops look great but not all do... but my preference is natural.
  5. HeyJude

    HeyJude Puppy

    She will be 4 months on 12/5 so I am really running out of time. Ughhhhh...this is so hard!! I want it but then I don't want to put my baby through that, know what I mean?? Do you think her ears with even out? One of them is going wacky all the sudden.
  6. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    I think they'll even out-ears go through all kinds of stages before they find the position they like to be in...but it is a toss up...they could stay the way they are forever (which I think is cute). For me it'd be an easy choice, but for someone who has considered cropping I can see how it'd be difficult. Best of luck in your choice!
  7. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    The most important thing is finding a vet who does a damn good job at cropping. If you can't then don't crop. A bad job will ruin your dogs look forever.

    I think Pink is in Alabama. Maybe she can recommend the vet that did Torques.
  8. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Yeah they can go crazy during teething..it is normal. My boy had really big drop ears but he has beautiful rose ears now..but my girl (she is a mix though) sometimes has drop ears and sometimes rose..just depends lol

    I like your pups ears, but that's just me :-)
  9. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    If your mind isn't made up already, I suggest against cropping.
  10. MMSmith

    MMSmith Good Dog

    I agree with this about a billion times over. If you haven't already done exhaustive amounts of research, I wouldn't crop.

    I thought about cropping for months before I got my puppy and picked out a vet before I even brought him home.

    Cropping can be expensive, is somewhat irritating and uncomfortable for a dog, and aftercare can be a bitch. I would do it over again, but not lightly.
  11. BBPITS

    BBPITS Good Dog

    A dog has no problem with his ears the way they are lol..It's the owner who wants a certain look.If you decide to crop,research and find a vet who has done bully breeds,(you may have to drive a ways) and can show you pics of HIS work,and be prepared for aftercare.You have to be sure you get what you want the first time!.
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  12. Hammy

    Hammy Little Dog

    Hammy had a crazy ear period too. [​IMG][​IMG]

    Now they're normal.


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  13. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    It's totally up to you. I decided against it with my AmBully but I regret it. She's got rabbit ears and I hate them.
  14. Blaze N' Pits

    Blaze N' Pits Good Dog

    Don't crop :)
  15. Purpledomino

    Purpledomino Good Dog

    Yeah, under the circumstances I vote no as well. Although it ultimately is your decision, it shouldn't be taken lightly and a competent vet should probably already be planned.

    Spend that money on one bad-ass collar instead (or two!).
  16. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    I always tell people if they're on the fence about cropping, don't do it. Just leave the ears natural. Especially if you haven't looked into vets yet, your pup is bordering on the cut off age (IMO, some people crop later, just not my cup of tea).

    Aftercare really isn't that bad, but you do have to be dedicated to it. I never had to do anything with Sako's ears, but I did have to tape Barrett's ears..


    So, if you aren't prepared to deal with taping, definitely don't crop!

    Are you going to show your pup, or is she a pet? I personally won't crop a pet dog.
  17. HeyJude

    HeyJude Puppy

    Thanks everybody!!! I totally appreciate all your comments and you did help me make up my mind. I say NO CROP!!! Mainly because of Hammy's ears!! I had found an excellent vet who was highly recommended by my vet. He does crop for show. A little expensive but he does great work. I don't plan on showing her, she is just my baby. I'm just going to let her ears do their own thing. Maybe I'll adopt a pit who all ready has the cropped ears...who knows!! So thanks again!!
  18. kamikaze

    kamikaze Good Dog

    You can also massage the ears into the rose position, do it daily. Helps encourage the rose to take shape =))
  19. HeyJude

    HeyJude Puppy

    Good idea kamikaze, thanks!! Roxy is going to love that!!!
  20. Cosmic Charlie

    Cosmic Charlie Good Dog

    I personally say leave them natural. Unless, you are 100% certain you want to get them cropped and did the research for a good crop vet. I tend to enjoy the natural look on most dogs.

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