love the pics btw K@P, just thought i might add a couple of Jack .... i regularly play with his ears and fold them back on themselves and jokingly started calling his folded back ears "his fighting ears" never thought to post up a pic of this before your thread, so anyway, here's jack's "cropped" ears pics. p.s the second one is just to show them folded back
Docking and cropping of working dogs can be beneficial to prevent injuries that would otherwise be made worse by having the ears/tail intact. Great danes are cropped as their intended purpse is hunting and running through thick scrub, the ears were cropped to prevent snagging on bushes... A few nicks to a cropped ear is much better than torn open floppy ear leathers.
Poodles were docked (1/3 removed) as they were bred for retreiving in deep water. The hunter would send the dog out to retrieve the duck and pull the dog back into the boat or to shore by grabbing the hair in their head and by the tail. By removing the thinnest part of the tail it reduced the risk of breaking it, the hunter could just grab the tail without worrying.
There' a couple of examples anyway.
Docking and cropping of pets and show dogs serves no purpose whatsoever.
Great post and thanks crested_love. Obviously i knew why fighting dogs ears were cropped but i couldn't come up with any explanation for other dogs ... my only real thoughts were boxers and rotties with their tails docked. Very well explained.
Fair enough Crested... i can understand that although ive witnessed a few pig dogs (bull arabs and arab x ridegback) charge through thick scrub including Lantana, then go toe to toe with pigs and not recieve any injuries to thier uncropt tails or ears. A quick trip to the vets would surely fix any of these injuries eventually....only a irresponsible owner would let a injured dog continue to hunt. In this day and age there are very few people who need to hunt with or without dogs on such a regular basis to survive...so not letting a dog heal and risking thier health makes them wankers in my books and that would include my mates who hunt. As for grabbing the dog to retrieve them from the water like that ...well if i can put in the effort to remove a large and much more stronger fish from the water thats covered in spikes and slime and has sharp hooks in it and then return it to the water safely and humanly then surely a hunter with a poodle can put in a better effort than grabbing his dog like that.
In the old days....well OK. And unless there's another reason i'm unaware of i feel it's totally unecessary in this day and age.
Personally I only agree with docking/cropping when it medically benefits the dog... eg. tail is too long.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
I'm not a fan of docking or cropping, but I only have pets not working dogs so I don't know what it's like from the other side.
Both my poodles have full tails.
Sorry for the hijack K@P....the pictures are cool and sure do make her look meaner....
I wonder why it does make a dog meaner. Is it because the face seems pulled up and so is gruffer or is it that we are used to seeing 'mean' dogs on TV (in the US. for example) ie pits and dobes owned as fighting dogs or guard dogs (or owner wantabes owning a tough fighting dog) or is it just (as suggested by someone earlier) that floppy ears do look a bit doufsey.
I have 2 bluey*kelpie*bc somethings but one has pricked ears and one floppy and the latter definatley looks softer. So maybe it is the last reason. What do others think?
As for the fake cropped one at the start - great photos but I would like them better without the photoshoping.
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