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Rottweiler cropped ears: Why it isn’t done

Rottweiler cropped ears: Why it isn’t done
Rottweiler cropped ears

In the last couple of years, ear cropping in dogs has become a heated debate topic. More and more people are speaking up against this cruel procedure, but there are also many people that believe it’s necessary. For example, you’ll rarely see a Doberman without cropped ears. There are also breeds that don’t have their ears cropped, like Rottweilers. The Rottweiler cropped ears train has never left the station. No one does it.

But, there is one cosmetic procedure many people will do to their dogs. They won’t cut off their ears, but like in the case of the Rottweiler, they’ll have their tails docked. Or let’s call things by their name, these poor dogs will have their tails cut off! Besides tail docking, Rottweilers will also have their ears taped.

In this article we’ll talk more about the different procedures dogs have to go through and what experts really say about them.

Rottweiler cropped ears – Why it doesn’t happen

Let’s first explain what ear cropping is and why people do it. Basically, it’s a cosmetic procedure for dogs. With this procedure, vets cut and shape the floppy part of a dog’s ears or the pinna. After this, the dog’s ears will stand up, instead of facing down. Take a look at this Doberman with his ears cropped and uncropped.

A Doberman with cropped ears, and a Doberman with relaxed, uncropped ears

Would you recognize the Doberman without cropped ears? Probably not. That’s also the main reason why people have their dog’s ears cropped. It simply created that standard look of some breeds.

Now, the Doberman is not the only breed that has its ears cropped. There are many other breeds of dogs that have cropped ears:

But how do vets crop a dog’s ears? The vet will put your dog under general anesthesia and cut off the floppy part of their ear. It’s needless to say that the only person who can crop a dog’s ears is a licensed vet, so someone who has a lot of experience doing it!

Another reason why someone would have their dog’s ears cropped is because of health. Some people believe it reduces the risk of infections. But that doesn’t make much sense and it isn’t true at all. There are also many dog breeds that don’t have their ears cropped, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, English Bulldogs, and so on. And none of them have severe ear problems if their owners take care of them.

Tail docking

Another cosmetic procedure that we do to dogs is tail docking or cutting their tail. Docking is when a vet removes a part of a dog’s tail. Vets will crop a dog’s ears when the puppy is 6 to 12 months old. But, the tail is cut when the puppy is just a few days old. This is because then the tail is still soft, and easy to cut off. Also, they do it without anesthesia.

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If that isn’t cruel enough for you, wait till you hear the reason why no anesthesia is used. Basically, vets agree that the procedure must be super painful for the puppy. But, according to them the pup isn’t fully alert yet and won’t remember the pain…

A couple of years ago this procedure was only done on working and cattle dogs. But that’s not the case anymore.

Rottweiler tail
How a Rottweiler with tail and a cut tail looks like

Nowadays fifty to seventy breeds have their tails docked and some of them are:

American Cocker Spaniel, American Pit Bull Terrier, Australian Silky Terrier, Australian Shepherd, Boxer, Cane Corso, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman Pinscher, English Springer Spaniel, Jack Russell Terrier, King Charles Spaniel, Miniature Pinscher, Poodles, Miniature Schnauzer, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Weimaraner, and also the Rottweiler. Which is the breed we’ll talk about right now. You won’t see Rottweiler cropped ears, but you will see them without tails.

Why did people dock the Rottweiler’s tail, and why is it rare to see a Rottweiler with tail? There are different reasons for that. But, to be honest, none is really legitimate and doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Some of the reasons for docking a dog’s tail are:

  • convenience in the home – a Rottweiler with tail will knock over everything in your home, or make any kind of other mess
  • aesthetics – a cut off tail makes dogs look more scary
  • protection and attacks – a dog’s tail can get in in the way when an intruder attacks them. They can grab the dog by its tail and get the upper hand
  • a liability when herdingRottweilers are dogs that herd livestock. But when a Rottweiler with tail is herding livestock the tail can become a liability. The animals could bite their tails or step on your Rottweilers tail

Why Rottie’s ears aren’t cropped

Now, we know that Rottweillers don’t get their ears cropped, but their tails get docked. But why is that? Why not crop a Rottweiler’s ears?

It’s simple, it’s not the standard for this breed. A Doberman’s ears get cropped because that’s the standard of how these dogs look like. But, a Rottweiler’s ears are not a key part of their look.

Another reason is that people didn’t use Rottweilers to fight other dogs. So, they didn’t have to look scarier and there was no real need to crop their ears. Let’s take Pitbulls as an example. Pitbulls have always been used for fighting other dogs. So, their owners decided to crop their ears so they don’t get hurt in a fight. Another dog could grab their ears and pull them out.

But, basically, there is no reason why you can’t crop a Rottweiler’s ears. If you want to do it, you can. But it’s not common to see a Rottweiler cropped ears.


Some dog breeds have their tails docked or their ears cut right after they are born. This is especially done in breeds like Boxer, Doberman, and Rottweiler. Docking is illegal in many European countries, but it’s still done in the USA.

Even though more and more people are speaking up against these cruel acts we can’t deny that in the past it was a common practice to trim the tail and ears of certain dog breeds.

The biggest reason this was done was for aesthetics. Some dog owners find it nicer if their dog only has a “stump tail”. Other dog owners want their dog to look “dangerous” which they don’t with sweet, floppy ears.

If you ask us, this is a terrible tradition that should be banned in the USA too! It hurts the dogs and there isn’t a real medical reason behind it. And, lastly, isn’t it more humane to accept a Rottweiler with tail, or a Doberman with cute ears than to cause them pain?

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