Friday, November 7, 2008
Our friend Tom, the English Springer in France, asked about Madison's ears.
They were cropped, and her tail docked, when she was still with the breeder. It is a matter of preference in appearance of the breed. For traditionalists, who are breeding show-quality dogs, there is a bias toward cropping and docking. In the U.S., there are no prohibitions on ear and tail modifications.
Madison's ears are lovely. Perhaps if we would have gotten her when she was younger, we have left her natural. There was no choice to be made, however.
H-Mom and Man-Dad are all for modification.
Chortle. Tattoos. Piercings. Interesting parallel.