Pitbull Ear Cropping – Why Is It Done And Should It Be Stopped?
Ear cropping is done to make a dog’s ears look bigger or even straighten them out. There are several reasons why it may be done, but the most common reason is to make a dog appear more masculine. Some breeds have naturally large ears while others need some shaping to fit into society norms. Dogs with naturally larger ears are usually called “bully breed” dogs. They are not meant to be pets, they are bred for fighting and showmanship. If your dog has naturally large ears then it is best if you don’t do anything to them because their shape will never change into something cute like a cat’s ears.
Another reason why ear cropping may be done is to stop the growth of hair around the eyes which causes eye problems such as glaucoma and other forms of blindness. Another cause of these issues are over grooming. When a dog grows too much hair around its eyes, it becomes difficult for the owner to see what the dog is doing.
Over grooming can lead to skin diseases such as psoriasis and dermatitis. These conditions require regular check ups and treatments from veterinarians.
The third reason why ear cropping may be done is to correct a problem that cannot be corrected through any other means. This procedure is rarely ever done because there are other ways to resolve the issue without resorting to cosmetic procedures such as ear cropping.
There are some risks involved with ear cropping. One of them is infection, a lot of hair must be trimmed around the ears in order for the shape to be altered properly. The skin around the ear is very sensitive and any cuts or scrapes can cause serious problems such as infection.
Another risk is that the ears won’t heal properly and will require bandaging on a regular basis. If you do not wrap the ears properly then there is a risk of them tearing and having to be stitched up. If you do not keep the ears wrapped then there is a risk of infection and blood poisoning which can be deadly.
Ear cropping is illegal in some countries although it is still legal in some places such as the United States. There is a movement to ban ear cropping completely as there are many other ways to resolve ear related issues such as cleaning and grooming.
Ear cropping is an unnecessary procedure that puts a dog at risk of developing other diseases and conditions. If you intend on getting a dog then I suggest that you do not get a dog that needs its ears cropped in order to look “good”. If a dog has to undergo an unnecessary cosmetic procedure at a young age then there is probably something wrong with how the dog was bred.
Is it time for Pitbull ear cropping to be stopped?
There is a lot of controversy surrounding pitbulls and ear cropping being stopped altogether. Their are some that say that given enough time the laws will change and cropping ears will be outlawed completely.
There are many reasons why cropping ears in pitbulls should be stopped, one of the most common ones being that cropping ears doesn’t affect the dogs aggressive behavior. Another good reason is that there are some pitbulls that have low muscle and even if ears are cropped they still have low hanging ears.
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