I am not edcuated enough to really know of all the pros and cons to having these procedures done, but i figured i would chime in
I dont mean to get weird here but I want to compare this kind of thing to a procedure like a circumcision. A lot of people say that it has healthy benefits while others are content and feel the opposite.
The revelance is this: Are there any actual (proven) pros to having the ears cropped and tail docked on a dog?
If yes... Then I would love to hear more about the procedure and its benefits.
If no... Well lets first consider the fact that the dog itself does not give two chocolate about its own appearence (other than its own personal hygiene. With that being said, I am not sure why this procedure is even considered acceptable.
Honestly guys, I get it. The human desire for perfection and image... From kennel clubs and dog shows to the guys that just want their dog to have that "pit look" or whatever. None of it is beneficial to the dog and I feel uneasy about the thought of taking a knife to an animal and trying to customize it like its a hot rod or something.
I dont want to bash anyone here that believes in having these procedures done though... Seriously. I am sure that many owners that have had these things done are nice people and superb dog owners.
I am not sure how much pain and discomfort is caused to the dog if done by a professional nor the social and health aspects afterwards so this is my gray area.
Personally, I will not be having these procedures done to my pup. I am satisfied with what years of evolution have provided and think my pup is perfect in every way.
When it comes to my "image", I will leave the customizing to my motorcycle
I leave you with what has already been said in this thread:
Consider Your Pets Feelings.. Its a living thing that can feel pain. A pet is not fashion statement.