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New to Amstaffs - Ear crop or natural

Johnnyoz

Puppy
I am in Canada and have been debating whether or not to crop or leave natural. I like both looks and my wife is leaning towards natural. We want to show the dog here in Canada and of course the standard for ears says cropped or non cropped ( the latter preferred).

Does anyone show here in Canada? and are there many dogs natural in the shows?
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
Welcome! It's really a personal choice. Although, if you already have the puppy, just leave them natural because it's a permanent choice that you can't undo if you decide you'd rather have natural ears.

Your best bet would be to go to shows and see for yourself. Assuming you're buying a registered pup, you should already have a pretty good idea of what most dogs in the show ring look like.

As I understand it (I don't show), cropping for show is basically to guarantee ear type.
 
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kady05

Krypto Super Dog
I know a handful of people that show up in Canada and their dogs are cropped. If you're getting your dog from a breeder (I assume you are since you say you want to show), they should be able to steer you in the right direction as far as if to crop or not.

I have 2 Amstaffs, both have shown (one still is), and both are cropped. They're cropped because I prefer the cropped look over natural ears.
 

ruffiangirl

Little Dog
Im in Alberta and i see very few un cropped dogs in any breed, except Danes, i see more and more natural Danes, in the show ring, and friends that have traditionally cropped/docked breeds will say it takes longer to finish them. Now if you are showing for fun (as everyone should be) and a CH title is just icing then keep the ears natural if thats what you prefer.
 

kady05

Krypto Super Dog
For Amstaffs, it typically does take longer to finish a natural earred dog in the ring. Because most breeders don't breed for good ears/ear sets, it can be hard to find a dog with good ears that is also a great representation of the breed.

We are seeing them a bit more now however (natural ears). I've said that if I got a bitch and she had nice natural ears, I might keep them. But on a male dog, especially one with a nice head, a GOOD (key word) crop really looks nice.
 

bsand

Good Dog
If you want to crop ask the breeder, my pups breeder is in Southern USA and she gave me recommendation for a vet near Tacoma,Wa(I'm. In BC).By far best choice other than letting the breeder get ears cropped.