(Closed) Cosmetic modifications for dogs (docking tails, cropping ears)

posted 7 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Your opinion on docking tails and cropping ears on dogs:
    I am okay with both : (16 votes)
    11 %
    I am okay with docking tails, but against cropping ears : (18 votes)
    12 %
    I am okay with cropping ears, but against docking tails : (2 votes)
    1 %
    I am against both, both should be banned : (113 votes)
    76 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have issues with both. It’s purely cosmetic, and I personally think it’s cruel to subject a live creature to pain without a good reason. 

    It would be one thing if there was a good reason for doing it, or if it improved the animals quality of life in some way, but just so it looks prettier or has a shorter tail? I just can’t get on board with that. 

    Edit: In my mind, I feel like doing this to your pet would be along the same lines as a parent forcing their child to have plastic surgery so they would be prettier. 

    Post # 4
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    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’m not really sure how to answer your poll.  While I wouldn’t do either and don’t really get the cosmetic aspect of it, I don’t think it should be banned.  I can kinda understand the ear cropping, my pups ears are really floppy and prone to getting  stinky if we don’t clean them out regularly. 

    Post # 5
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    3526 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @tinylittlebird:

    Agreed completely.

    I think it’s inhumane and it SHOULD be banned.

    Post # 6
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    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    What an awful thing! I’ve never even heard of this, why do they do this? Because the owners think the animal looks better that way?

    The only “change” I did to my cats was neuter/spay. I wouldn’t even think to declaw them.

    Post # 7
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    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I disagree with both they are both purely cosmetic. 

    I see the connection to the circumcision poll ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Post # 8
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    4159 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I had a rotty, and I never did know why they dock tails off them, but she came like that.  I heard that they pin doberman’s ears because they tend to get ear infections if left down, but I could be completely wrong.  If it’s for health reasons, I don’t mind them getting modifications, but if it’s purely cosmetics, I wouldn’t want to have anything done.

    Post # 9
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    1559 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @meliss: I have never seen cropped ears, but docking tails is VERY common, especially in large dogs. Have you ever seen a pit bull or other large dog with a nubby little tail? That’s because someone cut it off. 

     

    Post # 10
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    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I can’t stand any of it. A lot of people crop the tails of dogs like ours (rat terrior), but that really jacks with their equalibrium and balance. I just think its cruel unless it is for health reasons.

    Post # 11
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    3526 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @tinylittlebird:

    ๐Ÿ™ We adopted our Pit Bull mix from the local SPCA. She was found at 10wks old in a dumpster with her tail broken half off but still hanging on. So the SPCA had to cut it off. ๐Ÿ™

    It’s disgusting that someone would intentionally do that to a poor defenseless animal.

    Post # 12
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    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Ear cropping I believe to be totally unnecessary. Tail docking should be done only on a medically needed basis (i.e. happy tail syndrome) or if the dog is actively working and the tail will pose a threat or could easily be injured in the line of work.

    Cropping and docking for pure cosmetic reasons should not be done and has no point.

    Post # 13
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    3281 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Fiance dog has his tail docked, but he came like that. Fiance said that their tails are really strong and they knock stuff over… Doesn’t really seem like a good reason

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @tinylittlebird: Thanks for the explanation, that’s horrible ๐Ÿ™ SIL has a pitbull but with a full tail.

    I see the connection with the circumcision thread too, but I’m all for yes on that one and all for no on this one. Man clipping = yes. Animal clipping = no. Guess I equate that one to the animal neuter/spay in my head, maybe not “natural” but just the right thing to do. There are 30million plus males in my country, every single one of them circumcsized, yet I have yet to see one that says “I wish they hadn’t done this to me”. I think the dog with the clipped ears or tail would feel differently.

    Post # 15
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    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We have a Boxer and his tail is docked but his ears aren’t cropped. I’ve never ever seen a Boxer with a tail… Either way its completely unecessary.

    Post # 16
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    1066 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I am ok with it if it has a purpose and is done at a very young age, such as dew claws at 3 days old… a lot of times something like this will avoid an even worse future painful injury.

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