European Dobermans

Doberman Ear Cropping: How We Ear Crop


What Is European Doberman Ear Cropping?

Ear cropping is a surgical procedure in which a portion of the dog’s ear is removed, producing a sharper and less heavy ear. The procedure is most often performed on European Doberman puppies as early as 6 weeks of age and as late as 12 weeks of age. The puppy is put under anesthesia while the ears are trimmed and the edges are stitched. Healing is allowed for 10–12 days, after which the stitches are removed. The ears are then taped or sometimes glued to a post for 3–5 days at a time. This process is necessary for the hardening of the cartilage and the strengthening of the muscles around and in the ear. It is recommended that ear cropping surgery be performed by a cosmetic veterinarian with extensive experience. Ear cropping surgery prices range from 150 dollars up to 1,500 dollars in some practices.

Understanding Our

Ear Cropping Process

Our  European doberman puppies get cropped around 6-9 weeks of age in our USA Kennel, and around   8-10 weeks of age in our Serbia Location.  After they are cropped, we keep them for another 14 days to provide after care and remove the stitches. After we remove stitches we suggest that ears not be posted until they are completely healed of the procedure. Sometimes a few sores still need to heal when the stitches come out. After the ears are 100% healed and their are no sores posting can begin. We use the “Backer Rod” method to post our European doberman puppies. All of our European doberman puppy owners get a live demonstration of our posting method and aftercare procedures when they arrive at the kennel for pickup. We also send our owners home with a posting starter pack containing a few pre cut backer rods and rolls of tape that should last until they can buy their own. We offer 24hr support with any ear posting and maintenance questions for all of our puppy owners. 

Person holding up doberman puppy ears
Doberman puppy with blue collar sitting outside


We Use

We travel seven hours one way to Dr. Anne Midgarden to have our European Doberman puppies cropped. We believe she is the best European doberman ear cropping veterinarian in the United States. We ask that our clients send us pictures with the exact crop they desire for their European Doberman puppies, so that she may have a clearer understanding of the exact crop that is desired. She is capable of copying any style of crop and does it to perfection. We are extremely humbled to be able to use her as our main ear-cropping veterinarian. 


We Use

We travel 7 hours one way to dr. Anne midgarden to have our european doberman for sale cropped. We believe she is the best european doberman ear cropping veterinarian in the united states. We ask that our clients send us pictures with the exact crop they desire for their european doberman, so that she may have a clearer understanding of the exact crop that is desired. She is capable of copying any style crop and does it to perfection. We are extremely humble to be able and use her as our main ear cropping veterinarian.


How we View the

Ear Cropping Procedure

A big controversy in the European Doberman world is whether it is humane or not for a European Doberman owner to crop his puppy’s ears. People disagree widely on what should be allowed and what the standard should be changed to. In the United States, the majority of veterinarians will not crop a puppy’s ears. They will also go to great lengths to try and convince you to share their point of view. Many veterinarian practices will sometimes even refuse to see dogs that have been cropped, especially if you have a problem with your European doberman’s ears. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) opposes ear cropping in dogs. This is because they believe the procedure is purely cosmetic and that it poses an unnecessary risk to the dog. In Europe, the most prominent doberman club association (FCI) has banned the possibility of showing any cropped European doberman after 2016. They have only made it possible for dogs with the “natural look” of floppy ears and a long tail to be shown in their competitions. The ironic thing is that they call it a “natural look”, but is it really natural? The canis lupus, which is also known as the wolf, has erect ears. The lycoan pictus, also known as the African wild dog, also has erect ears. The Hyaenidae, also known as the Hyaen, also have erect ears. In fact, most wild animals that are carnivores have erect ears. For example, the lion, weasel, bear, and coyote. So, the question arises: how did we end up with floppy ears on our canines? The answer is better stated as a question: how did we end up with European Dobermans to begin with? This answer is one that most people are completely unaware of. The answer is through the process of inbreeding, which was used to manipulate desirable traits and magnify them in offspring. The only way to ever get any kind of purebred dog today is to inbreed two closely related dogs together, or, in other words, design the breed by understanding the genetics of the two dogs. This repetitive process is what brought about the 344 different dog breeds recognized today by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Knowing that the European Doberman, along with all the other different dog breeds, were created by inbreeding, we can explain the cause of the unnaturally floppy ears. Even though the facts are not certain, the European doberman bloodline is said to consist of the Beauceron, German Pinscher, Rottweiler, Weimaraner, Greyhound, and Manchester Terrier. Every single one of these breeds has the unnatural floppy ear trait. Somewhere even further back in those dog’s history, the breeders made the mistake or decision that they preferred dogs with floppy ears rather than the upright ones that we consistently find in nature throughout history. These minute changes within the appearance of canines are what biologists refer to as micro evolution. I myself fell in love with this breed because of their physical appearance. I don’t pressure or judge anyone based on their style preference. Everybody, especially in the European doberman world, will have something to critique or comment on, but the important thing is that you get what you want and paid for.

Questions Commonly Asked

About our European Dobermans Cropped Ears

How long does ear cropping take to heal?

Ear cropping healing time is around 10–16 days. The duration of healing time is dependent on how well they were cropped, sutured, and kept clean.

What states banned ear cropping?

The banning of ear cropping on any dogs in the USA has not taken place. There have been bills proposed to ban ear cropping in Michigan, but they have not yet been passed and implemented.

What is the best ear crop for Dobermans?

The best ear crop for a Doberman is the one that stands. Doberman ear crops can be of different lengths and styles. They are dependent on the taste of the owner and the ability of the cosmetic veterinarian. The shorter the ears are cropped, the easier and faster they usually tend to stand. Ear leather thickness and length can also affect the length and style of the crop.