Cropping and docking are going away. Which side of history will your breed be on?
Some years ago a fellow came to my office and insisted that he needed to dock the tail of his dog. I asked, "How will your dog be better when it doesn't have a tail?" He replied, "Well, that's the standard of gundog owners associations around the world." I said, "Who cares?" (Alan Ashton, veterinarian, New South Wales, Hansard, April 06, 2004) I have a sixteen-year-old daughter who is just about...
A good discussion post. While I may disagree with some of the opinion in here, this lays out the science in a very good way.
I will reiterate that I am neither for not against cropping/docking. My dog is cropped and docked (and his dewclaws were removed), he has no decreased quality of life from the procedures but I will not fool myself into thinking that the surgeries were not painful when he experienced them. I do not see it as abuse but do see it as unnecessary.
There is a reason many of the breeders on my list are breeders who allow buyers to buy a 100% natural dog. However, in this breed, that is still unheard of in the majority of breeders nowadays and these people number less than 10. Last year they numbered less than 5. Perhaps by the time I’m looking to purchase another doberman, their numbers will have doubled once more.