haircrazie016 wrote:SnowKoi2010 wrote:Eclipse wrote:SnowKoi2010 wrote:It does make it hard to read canine body language. I'm sorry I haven't seen proof other wise.
no offense but, the only way this would be true is if the person looking doesnt have the experience and knowledge to understand what they are looking at.
This is completely untrue. I know a good bit about Canine body language, and it takes more than a stiff body and raised hairs to tell what the dog is going trough. 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.
This post is proof you clearly dont have experience working with or reading dogs that are cropped and/or docked. One of our dogs has a show crop, the other has nubs for ears, and I can without question read their body language, and facial expressions with ease. Couda and Piggie move their ears the same way every other dog does, they can pin them back, prick them up, leave them relaxed, etc etc. Just because they are shaped differently, doesnt mean they don't do the same things. This also applies to docked tails.
p.s. there is nothing unnatural about ears standing up, there are numerous breeds whos natural ears stand straight up by standard, and there are plenty of dogs including pit bulls whos natural ears stand straight up by default.
I have never seen a Pit bull of any breed with naturally straight up in the air ears. There are breeds who's ears are by natural upright, GSD for example. I still don't think it is a good thing to do. If you do it so, thats you, but I myself will not. For reasons stated above.