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Old 11-29-2012, 09:55 PM   #21 (permalink)
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So whens the best time to doc the ears? When is it too late to do it? How much dos it cost. ??? We wanted are males done, but we moved and havent been able to afford it so im hoping its not too late. Please give me input ppl!!! Thanks sooo much!!
Don't crop the ears. It's very painful for the dog and it only benefits the owner. I worked at at vet and saw many pups and adults after the ear trim n they were in a lot of pain. They bled so much it looked like a murder scene in their kennel. Just my two cents, but is it worth the pain your baby will be in??


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Old 11-29-2012, 10:03 PM   #22 (permalink)
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This will always be contoversial, its almost as bad as religion and politics! But in my opinion a boxer should be docked and cropped. Thats the look the founding breeders were going for when they first produced the boxer and I think it should be carried on. Its funny to me to hear people say we should leave them the way nature intended, because they would not exist if man hadnt breed them to look that way. Nature didnt make boxers! All the breeds we have today are still around because people decided they wanted a dog that would look and have a specific purpose. If select breeding hadnt happened we would just have a bunch of wolves running around instead of purebred dogs that are supposed to look a certain way. To each his own, but I believe a boxer should look like a boxer not a small American Bulldog with the long tail. I wonder if doberman and rottweiler enthusiasts disagree on whether or not those breeds should still be docked.
I disagree with you. I don't own boxers for breeding or show, mine are strictly companion pets. There's no need to put that sweet baby through undew pain of ear cropping, yes I know for a fact it's very painful for them bc I worked at a vets n saw what the owners didn't. If it doesn't benefit the dog, DON'T DO IT. It's purely for the owners benefit. How would you like your ears cropped?


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Old 12-01-2012, 03:30 PM   #23 (permalink)
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If it doesn't benefit the dog, DON'T DO IT.


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Old 12-01-2012, 03:43 PM   #24 (permalink)
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If it doesn't benefit the dog, DON'T DO IT. It's purely for the owners benefit. How would you like your ears cropped?


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I am going to say that in my opinion it does benefit the dogs to a degree. If you get a dog with correctly laying natural ears, the risk of ear infections just went up a ton. The first year of Duke's life was full of ear infections that were painful for him. If I had cropped him, that could've been diminished. Even now they get itchy every so often and he scratches them until they're bleeding and he's whining.

And puppies are over dramatic sometimes. They may whine and squeal when something is only hurting a little. Or they're recovering from anesthesia and the stress of a vet office. And then they're fine the next day back to their happy little selves.

Quite honestly, I love the look of a nice crop and my next pup will be cropped. I think you need to find an experienced vet to keep pain risks low.


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I'm not really against cropping the ears. I would never do it unless I had intentions of showing the dog but I don't think there's anything wrong with people who do. I am definitely all for docking the tail in most cases. I've seen the HORRIBLE damage that can be done to a dogs tail who has a hard tail like boxers and Spaniels and Sheepdogs. There is a reason they are cropped. I'd rather hav eit done when they're a little pup and it's less painful than later down the road when it's broken down to the bone. At the kennel I used to work at we had a boarding Boxer who had a tail and at 4 years old they had to have it amputated because he cracked it all the way down to the bone. That is way more painful than doing it as a pup.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:43 PM   #26 (permalink)
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OUCH Jessica!! I just hurt reading about that poor fur baby who cracked his tail. I couldn't imagine the pain for that dog. I agree, I love having the tails docked & I love having the ears natural. My aunt was giving me a line (as she has a boxer that she shows) telling me how boxers are meant to have cropped ears & how if we don't crop them they are more prone to ear infections. Well my theory is, if their ears are to have that cropped ear look, that is how they'd be born. Not to mention we had a boxer/GSD mix and her ears stood up. She got ear infections a lot so it doesn't matter how the ears are. Of course, this is my opinion.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:59 AM   #27 (permalink)
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I love my boys tail!!!
Its impossible to have it docked regardless as it is illegal here!
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:57 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I'm a fan of docked and floppy....I sometimes wish Mooshie didn't have a long tail, because it's evil!! My husband joked the other day that he was going to go and get a cup, since Mooshie is just at the right height to smack him in his "gentleman's region", lol!

I also spend a lot of time checking Mooshie for "happy tail", because I know that since he smacks it into everything, he is a prime candidate for it. And when/if it happens, I will have it amputated. And won't miss it a bit (yeah, I know, I'm a mean mommy).
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I wouldn't call you mean. Our Maggie was a boxer/GSD mix who had a tail. She used to smack it off the wall/cabinets & it sounded like a drum. It would hurt when she'd hit you too. I always said when we get our next dog, it will have a docked tail. I don't miss the tail beatings at all.
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^^^ I was just kidding (forgot the )

I made my peace with the lab's tail, but it's pretty stumpy compared to Mooshie's....his is REEALLLLLY long, lol!
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