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Old 11-16-2008, 06:24 PM
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My father who lives in France,has a one yr old,airedale!.His breeder is old fashioned and cropped her litter anyway so none of the pups will ever be shown!.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:30 PM
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Lucky with pyr sheps though you see both completely natural or cropped and docked. Cute either way, imo.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:39 PM
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i despise cropped pit bulls. i think it makes their head look all disproportionate. give me natural ears a hundred times over cropped ears.

i do prefer the look of cropped ears on dobes and briards. those are the only ones that come to mind. though i don't agree with cropping and would never choose to do it.

and i like full tails on poodles, especially standards. other breeds i don't have so much of an opinion.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:40 PM
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when i was younger. i thought that all you had to do was have a female and a male dog whose tails were docked, and the babies would all have naturally docked tails lol
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:54 PM
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Generally speaking I like natural ears better, but there are only a few breeds I feel strongly that way about - danes, schnauzers, pitties, I think that's all.

As far as tails, I do definately prefer longer docks - like terriers - if you have to do them at all. I just think tails are so important for dogs' balance and communication, it's a shame for them to go without one at all.

That said, my favorite breeds are those with naturally prick ears and long, non curly tails.
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:04 PM
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I'm going with the minority here (possibly standing by myself). Although I can't think of a single breed I like better with cropped ears, the crop I dislike the MOST is the doberman. I think it is because they make the crop so long - it just looks wrong. Such long, narrow ears don't look like they would ever stand up on their own. It just looks unbelievablely fake to me. Cropped pits come in a close second - the breed has the most adorable ears of any breed; why in the world would you remove them?

Although I generally like the full tails better, docked tails don't bother me visually as much as cropped ears. Now that I own a docked dog (not my choice, she came that way), I'm aware of just how much they are able to express themselves even with just a nubbin. I do wish she had her natural tail, but it certainly doesn't hinder her in any way.
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:10 PM
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Of all breeds I'd rather see Pitties natural . I really don't like what I think is called a rose ear . I believe it started with Pit fighting which I hate !!!
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:40 PM
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Rose ears are natural Grammy. English Bulldogs have them, as well as a few other Terrier breeds, along with Greyhounds, Whippets, IG's and assorted others. It's just a different way the ear folds.
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:53 PM
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Of all breeds I'd rather see Pitties natural . I really don't like what I think is called a rose ear . I believe it started with Pit fighting which I hate !!!
Rose ear is actually a natural ear, and is what is preferred for showing.
It's the same type of natural ear that English Bulldogs have.

Here's some info on it.
http://www.apbtconformation.com/NEECF.htm
The top two dogs have rose ears.

I didn't even see the post above me, but oh well! My fault. Hehe.
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:54 PM
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I may have used the wrong term . I mean practically earless !
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