Can I crop and dock my miniature pinscher's ears and tail at 3 months?

blueberrygirl: Can I still crop and dock my miniature pinscher's ears and tail if its 3 months old?
miniature pinscher tail and ears
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Answers and Views:
Answer by RnD
why would you want to put a dog - a pup through a totally unnecessary operation??

It is to late for the dock Docking is done at 2-3 days old, 5 days at the latest. After that it is an amputation and no responsible vet will do a cosmetic amputation. If he is just now 12 weeks old he is at the outside limit for being cropped. Cropping is done at 7-12 weeks of age, if he is over 12 weeks old he is to old to be cropped also.

Answer by Chapes

It is dangerous to do that–DON"T.

Answer by Tulip
What is ear cropping?
Ear cropping is a surgery that is performed on puppies when they are 9 to 12 weeks old. The pups are anesthetised and part of the ear flap is removed. After surgery, splints and tape hold the ears upright. The veterinarian has to change the bandages regularly until the ears are healed and erect. This may take up to 20 weeks and some ears fail to stand.

Why is ear cropping an issue?
Ear cropping can cause pain and infection, and there are risks with general anesthesia. Ear cropping can also affect behaviour because it is done when puppies are learning about their environment and are developing social behaviour. The pain of ear cropping may make puppies afraid of handling and new situations. These experiences can affect the pups’ behavour when they become adults.

What is tail docking?
Tail docking is a surgery that is performed on puppies when they are 3 to 5 days old: part of the tail is cut off. Usually there is no anesthetic, but local anesthetic may be used. Some breeders put an elastic band around the tail instead. This cuts off the circulation and, after a while, the tail drops off.

Why is tail docking an issue?
Tail docking can cause infection and chronic pain. The pain occurs because extra nerve cells grow in the stump of the tail.

Why are these procedures done?
Ear cropping and tail docking are done to change a dog’s appearance. They are not required for health reasons.

People began doing the procedures hundreds of years ago when there were few veterinarians. Tail docking was thought to prevent rabies, strengthen the back and improve speed and agility. Ear cropping and tail docking were done in some working breeds to prevent injury while they worked. However, many other working breeds did not have cropped ears or docked tails — for example, retrievers and setters.
Ear cropping and tail docking are still done today because they are traditional for the breed. However, many countries have banned the  procedures and breed clubs have accepted this. In those countries, people are used to seeing all breeds with natural ears and tails.

• Ear cropping is illegal in Australia, New Zealand and many European countries. Tail docking is illegal in Norway, Sweden, Cyprus, Greece, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Finland, Germany, and in Australia.

• Let the breeder know from the start that you do not want your pup altered. Do this before the pup is born because tail docking is done within a few days of birth.
• Do not buy from breeders who insist that their dogs have cropped ears or docked tails.
• Lobby North American breed clubs to change their standards. Visit the British Kennel Club website at to compare standards.
• Ask your MLA and your MP to push for legislation against unnecessary surgery on dogs.
• Write to your provincial veterinary association and ask them to sign the Convention of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.

Answer by Smith4Dogs
I think u've goten the information u need!I will advice u not to Dock or crop the tail
And ear of Pet!unless its no more ur pet,may u want 2 turn it into a house guard.

The best thing u should do is to allow d dog to grow up wiv the ear and d tail,it will still look good.

Answer by blueberrygirl:
Thank you all for your answers, opinions, and suggestions. I'v decided to keep my puppies ears and tail the way nature has ment for them to be.

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  1. Loki my springer! says

    Docking gets done at the age of 3-5 days old. This is the breeders choice, unless requested otherwise. It's now too late to do so.

    Cropping gets done between the age of 8-12 weeks. This is also a little late to achieve. On the other hand, there is the slightest chance your dogs ears will stand alone.

  2. When life gives you says

    No... why would you do that? Its inhumane!

    Look at these gorgeous dogs... all natural!

    Now why would you want to put your dog thru an unnecessary operation that isnt 100% guaranteed to work?

    Think this over a little more before putting your puppy thru this!

    * Docking, cropping is now illegal in most states in Australia. So check out your local laws and see if it is not illegal!

  3. moondog says

    No, tail docking is done within the first 3 days of life. Any time after that the nervous system has fully developed in the tail and it is considered to be an amputation and it's major surgery.

    As for cropped ears, they look awful, I would never do it. Does your min pin not have pricked ears? I love the floppy ears on min pins but you rarely see it, most of them have pricked ears.

    Why would you even think of putting your dog through such pain?
    Love your dog for what he is just the way he is now.

  4. mustang69 says

    Why do you want to disfigure your dog? Anyway if it is done make sure a vet does this. DON'T DO IT YOUR SELF! You can cause pain and injury to the dog. Dogs ears are one part of their body that bleed alot when cut. And docking makes the tail super sensitive. If you insist on having this done, check with your vet to see if the dog is to old or not.

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