Dog ears come in a variety of shapes and sizes, much like the different breeds themselves. However, rather than cherish their dog for how they've naturally come into the world, some owners think it's a good idea to engage in ear cropping to get a more "desirable" appearance. This tends to happen often in breeds like Great Danes, pit bulls, Dobermans and schnauzers.
The problem is that ear cropping amounts to nothing more than forced mutilation so that poorly informed owners can make their dog what they deem to be prettier or fiercer.
They often argue that floppy, natural ears should be chopped off because they're prone to infection. But that's not true. In fact, research shows that ear shape has little effect on the risk of a dog getting an infection. At least 80 percent of dogs never contract one at all. The ones who do get the most infections are poodles and spaniels, breeds whose ears typically aren't cropped anyway.