Cropping is another (see docking
) pseudo-veterinary procedure performed on very young dog
s. It is a mostly cosmetic
procedure, in which a portion of a dog's ear is cut off so that the rest of the ear
stands up straight. So, for example, a ferocious looking doberman
doesn't naturally have ears that stand up demonic
ally, naturally they are floppy.
The American Kennel Club
has this to say:
The American Kennel Club recognizes that ear cropping, tail docking, and dewclaw removal, as described in certain breed standards, are acceptable practices integral to defining and preserving breed character and/or enhancing good health. Appropriate veterinary care should be provided.
(Emphasis on the ludicrous mine.)
Note, dogs use the posture of their ears to communicate emotion
. Cutting the ears off is at least partially akin to cutting part of a human's tongue