SnowKoi2010 wrote: When the ears are cropped, especially the crop job that looks like little nubs of the ear is left, you cannot read the dogs ear signals. The ears are also unnaturally positioned upwards, and that is how they stay because of how the cartilage heals.
i can agree that it could be hardER to tell if there are only stubs left, as with Judice, he had no ears basically when I got him. But his new owner understands quite well what Judice is feeling or wants. The one thing about SHORT SHORT ears is that you have to keep them extra clean or they can easily get an infection cause they literally have NOTHING to protect them from dirt getting deep inside.
BUT, not all dogs ears are "unnaturally" upwards. Though Riley and Bailey dont have complete upright ears, many of their siblings do. Lou's ears stand up almost 95% of the time.
there is nothing unnatural about her ears. there was nothing done to make them this way. they just stand up. I have seen several other dog's photos with naturally up ears as well. Its something that is rather quite common in pitbulls and other breeds whose ears get cropped.
Alot of times the ears will not stand up at all because the simple weight of the ear is too much for the cartlidge to hold..
I will once again make reference to my friend's doberman pups. Before posting, they will often just let the dogs ears "lay" and heal before posting. and 3 out of her 5 pups, partially stood on their own without the posting. (posting was still done to correct mild differences and positioning, i.e. one forming to rest at the side rather than both front and forward). Cropping returns the natural abilities of the ear that the long and floppiness takes away. Cropping it allows it to function like a natural dog ear, able to perk-up, position toward sounds, and lay flat.