The ear crop is a cosmetic procedure where the ear is skillfully trimmed away allowing the remaining ear trainable to stand. In order to create an attractive ear crop, the ear structure needs to be evaluated. Dr. Little will evaluate the head shape and size, and crop style that is desired. The ear crop takes an artist’s hand unlike other common procedures. Dr. Little has been doing ear crops for over 25 years.
Once the procedure is done the owner takes responsibility of caring for the ears. Care is fairly simple after surgery, the puppy will go home with an elizabethan collar(e-collar) and it will have to stay on for 2 weeks or until the sutures are removed. The ears are NOT posted for the first 2 weeks, Dr. Little likes the ears to heal first. Then depending on the ear crop, Dr. Little will post or tape the ear up so they are standing. The puppy will have to wear the e-collar for another week, then the owner will take the post off. A week after the post has been removed the owner can decide if the ears need to be posted again. It can depend on the dogs disposition if or how long it will take for the ears to stand.
The dog breeds that typically get an ear crop are Doberman Pinchers, Great Danes, Boxers, Pitbulls, Miniature Doberman Pincher, and Schnauzers to name a few.
Ear Crops are done between 8-12 weeks old. The bigger the dog the sooner it needs to be done.
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(Pictures from left-right, Doberman, Argentino Dogo, Min. Pin, Cane Corso, Great Dane, Great Dane, Doberman, Doberman, Doberman)