Dogs Are Born with Ears and Tails. They Should Get to Keep Them.

Keeping a dog can be a true blessing knowing the fact that this pet is the human best friend. However, the owner of the dog should take good care of its canine friend as he or she has taken a responsibility to keep another being no matter if it is an animal.

 If you are interested in having a puppy very soon, then you should be well informed about certain facts in life like Dobermans and Miniature Schnauzers do not have naturally erected, pointed ears, and almost non-existent tails. Yet, not many people are even aware of this fact and when they found out they simply accept it as “that’s how it’s always done.”

As per a newly conducted study 42% of Americans accept this way of thinking not considering other options as it has always been done in that way.

The study author, Katelyn Mills, feels that the lack of awareness in survey respondents may be in a way intentional. She stated:

“People disconnect themselves from things if they find it uncomfortable. They don’t want to know about it.”

Nonetheless of this somewhat general opinion, you should know the truth that these dogs after birth undergo surgical procedures recognized as ear-cropping and tail-docking.  Let us be clear, these procedures are not for health purposes, but solely for cosmetic ones.

The ear surgery involves cutting off the floppy part of the ear, which is afterwards taped to a hard surface for several weeks. In this way during the healing process they take an upright position. The procedure is done when the dog is 6 to 12 weeks old. Naturally, it needs to be done in a vet office where the dog is kept under anesthesia.

In case of the tail surgery, the dog is only 2 to 5 days old when he gets its tail chopped off with a pair of scissors. Aside the surgery this procedure can be done by wrapping a rubber band around the tail thus cutting off the blood supply, which will lead to eventual falling of the tail.

These procedures are a common thing for these canine breeds and it is approved by many breeders and veterinarians. They state that the puppy will not even remember the pain, but still the procedure is done with anesthesia, which makes it for sure painful.

These so called cosmetic procedures are inhumane and very painful for the puppies, the shriek that these puppies release repeatedly during and after the surgery is a clear proof of that. In addition to this, these surgeries put the dog at risk of infections and other complications, and after its performance many of the puppies suffer from long and chronic pain.

The tail is an important part of the canine body, it protects it from injuries, and even if there is an injury it will be a minor one that heals fast. Not to mention the fact that waving of the tail makes dogs really adorable by which they show their friendliness or desire to play, and by it they demonstrate submission, or warning. For these dogs this behaviour is being stopped making them to appear more aggressive than they really are as per a conducted 2016 study.

Julie Hecht, a canine writer states the following:

“What is scary to me about the cropping is that you’re essentially creating a very alert, forward-looking appearance, even if that is not how the dog is wanting to present itself.”

Hecht maintains that this altered look lowers their chances of adoption and getting affection from either the dogs or people. She adds:

“In terms of how dogs are perceived by humans alone, I feel very bad for them. It’s nice to be perceived as friendly and approachable.”

It is a good thing that many countries in the world have already banned these surgical procedures, including Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Cyprus, Greece, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland, Australia, and the UK.

In the states, New York and Vermont are considering a ban of this controversial practice, but still the legislation is not followed through.

Yet, AKC – the American Kennel Club states that the procedures are “integral to defining and preserving breed character” for some dogs.

Contrary to this statement, AVMA – the American Veterinary Medical Association and CVMA – the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association are not fully on board with AKC. CVMA states that these procedures “are not medically indicated nor of benefit to the patient,” and “these procedures cause pain and distress, and, as with all surgical procedures, are accompanied by inherent risks of anesthesia, blood loss, and infection.”

However, not many potential dog owners are familiar with the fact that they have a choice, and that these procedures are not a must. Be more informed when planning to purchase a dog as ear cropping or tail removing are not always a good thing for your dog.

Plus, there is always the possibility of adopting an animal at the local shelter that is eagerly waiting for someone to take him home.