Q: Is it necessary to cut the ears of a cane corso?
I'm getting a cane corso in a day or two, and I've been hearing from people that you DO have to cut it and others say its just a choice. I like it when it hangs because it looks less scary lol.. but are there negatives if I live them down, or is it necessary to cut them.
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Answer by CanineTruth
Not necessary in a pet dog, no. Most reputable breeder will dock or crop on ALL animals if it is a part of the breed standard - but some will not, especially if a chosen home asks them not to on a pet animal.
The only negative to having hanging ears is moisture MAY get trapped and cause infection, but i wouldn't worry too much on that as this is usually only a problem with certain very long eared breeds (Cocker Spaniels for example) and providing you clean the ears regularly.
Answer by iLoveMyCorso
I have a 10 month old cane corso. Before we cropped her ears, we were constantly cleaning out gunk every day. Literally. We had her at the vet which gave us stuff to help keep the "gunk" down. We then chose to get her ears cropped. Since then, we have really only cleaned her ears once (just recently). The only thing that bothered her with her crop surgery was the drowsiness of the anesthesia. Her spay surgery bothered her for days and her ear cropping did not give her any problems. Once the anesthesia wore off, she was normal, playful Phoenix.
I would not want to have my dog on antibiotics her whole life from multiple ear infections that are painful. I am for ear cropping, something that is not just for cosmetics. I would know because I have experienced it.
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Answer by MaryR
It is a personal choice. Some breeders have all puppies done if they are keeping a puppy or 2 back so that their show dog has it's ears done (if the ears are done before a breeder evaluates whom is show potential and whom is pet quality) others don't do any of the puppies but have no problem if you choose to have them done and will send pics or patterns to your vet of choice if you wish too, although most would prefer you use a vet that is familiar with a cane corso ears crop. You can show cropped or natural ears in a show but sometimes being the only dog without a crop can put you at a disadvantage.
Which ever you choose good luck with your puppy.
Answer by §arah
Definitely not – it's totally not worth the struggle of trying to find a vet that will perform the cropping, it would be painful for your pooch, it's super expensive, the cropped ears may get infected or have an adverse reaction to the tape, scarring could occur, it's a colossal pain in the… *ahem*… to re-bandage the ears… actually there are like a thousand reasons why you don't need to have his or her ears cut, but most importantly you sound like you would prefer not to have the cropping done anyways. If this is the case, it's for the best. Congrats on the new Cane Corso dog!
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